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Rajasthan: Approval of 'Chief Minister Kisan Mitra Energy Scheme', eligible agricultural consumers to get a grant of Rs 1,000 per month

Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has approved the format of 'Mukhyamantri Kisan Mitra Energy Yojana', under which there is a provision of giving a grant of Rs 1,000 every month to the agricultural consumers.

Under this scheme, the State government will give a grant of Rs 1,000 per month and a maximum of Rs 12,000 per year on electricity bills to the metered agricultural consumers and this will result in a financial burden of Rs 1,450 Cr per annum.

Under this, electricity bills will be issued by the Electricity Distribution Corporations to the eligible agricultural consumers on the basis of a bi-monthly billing system. 60% of the electricity bill will be payable on a pro-rata basis, subject to a maximum of Rs 1,000 per month.

Central and state government employees and income taxpayers will not be eligible for agricultural consumer subsidy amount.

To avail benefit of the scheme, eligible consumers will have to link their bank account with the Aadhaar number and grant amount will be given only if there are no dues of the electricity distribution corporations against the concerned consumer.

After paying the dues, the subsidy amount will be payable to the consumer on the upcoming electricity bill. If a farmer consumes less electricity and his bill is less than Rs 1,000, then the difference between the actual bill and the grant amount will be deposited in his bank account.

“This will encourage the saving of electricity among the farmers,” said Gehlot.

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