‘Chief Minister Krishi Sanjivani Yojana’ to clear outstanding electricity bill of farmers: Energy Minsiter

Bawankule

Nagpur: In order to provide big relief from the outstanding agricultural bill of the farmers, the Maharashtra Government has announced ‘Chief Minister Krishi Sanjivani Yojna 2017’, energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule informed that under this scheme the government will provide opportunity to pay the outstanding balance of original electricity bills to farmers in five installments and the state government said there is no need to pay the penalty and interest at the moment.

In this scheme, five equal installments of outstanding amount were made to the farmers who has less than rupees thirty thousand outstanding balance. If the farmer’s outstanding is more than thirty thousand they have to pay the outstanding balance in ten equal installments. 20 percent of total balance bill till November 2017 as first installment to be paid by December 2017. After that 20 percent as second installment to be paid in March 2018. Similarly 20 percent as third, fourth and fifth installment will be paid in June 2018, September 2018 and December 2018respectively.

To participate in this scheme, the current electricity bill will be paid up to November 2017by 20 percent of the total outstanding balance by December 2017. Entire balance bill will be paid to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited. The Energy Minister said that power supply of the defaulting farmers who will not be involved in this scheme will be disconnected.

To participate in this scheme, the current electricity bill will be paid till November 2017by 20 percent of the total outstanding balance by December 2017. Entire balance bill will be paid to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, the Energy Minister said adding that power supply of the defaulting farmers who will not be involved in this scheme will be disconnected.

Shri Bawankule said that realizing that the electricity bills should not be as burden to the farmers, the government has made five equal installments of the original amount. A proposal of waiving off the outstanding penalty and interest of the electricity bill of those farmers who are participating in the ‘Chief Minister Krishi Sanjivani Yojana’ is under consideration.

Considering the cost of electricity generation, transmission and distribution, the government has a positive role about the payment of electricity. Energy Minister Bawankul has appealed to the poor farmers to understand this role of the government and cooperate with the government.