Telangana begins trials for free, 24-hour power supply to farmers

The Telangana government began on Monday a one-week trial giving free, 24-hour electricity to the state’s two million farmers, a “first of its kind initiative” that officials said will be rolled out in March.

Officials said at least 23 lakh farmers will benefit from the initiative, which will be tested for demand in the trial period.

“We shall implement the 24-hour power supply scheme for agriculture sector free of cost for the next one week. Based on the feedback from farmers and after assessing the demand, we shall review the situation. And from March 2018, the free power supply scheme will be standardised and streamlined in the entire state,” Telangana power transmission corporation (Transco) chairman Devulapalli Prabhakar Rao said.

Electricity supply is crucial to farmers who use motorised pumps to irrigate their fields.

 As a pilot project, the state gave uninterrupted power supply to around 9.58 lakh pump sets for five months in Karimnagar, Medak and Nalgonda districts before rolling it out state-wide.

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