Vastavam web: AP Government has to bear additional burden of Rs.1500 crore per year for two hours extra power to be supplied to the farmers in the State.It may be recalled the State Government recently decided to give 9 hours power supply to agriculture sector instead of seven hours a day. Principal Secretary Energy and Infrastructure and Investment Ajay Jain said on Thursday that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had directed the energy department to ensure supply of nine hours a day at any cost to the farmers.
He said that Chief Minister had instructed the energy department that no crop should be withered due to poor supply of power. Jain directed the Discoms to identify bottle necks, develop infrastructure wherever necessary to maintain nine-hours supply besides effectively ensuring 24×7 power supply to domestic, commercial and industrial categories.
Jain said as the dependence on agriculture bore wells may significantly increase during the Rabi season, officials, particularly working in drought prone areas, need to take special measures to avoid any interruptions in power supply, he said.
Ajay Jain further directed DISCOMs on implementation of special schemes to take measures to provide free power to SC,ST households, dhobi ghats, hair cutting salons, laundries run by Rajaka community, shops of Goldsmiths (BPL), MBC community (BPL), handlooms and textiles and horticulture nurseries. The government is providing 100-150 units of free power per month for the above categories, he added.