Ambitious CM solar self-employment scheme launched

Friday, 09 October 2020 | PNS | Dehradun

Self employment for 10,000 citizens with allotment of 25 kilowatt solar plants each

The ambitious chief minister solar self-employment scheme was formally inaugurated by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday. A component of the Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana (MSY), this scheme aims at facilitating self employment for 10,000 youths and entrepreneurs by allotting 25 kilowatt solar plants to each. Along with providing self employment to the youths and those who have returned to the state during the Covid pandemic, this scheme also aims to encourage green energy.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that banks have a crucial role in this scheme, adding that district magistrates should maintain constant communication and coordination with them. Rawat stressed that the application process for this scheme should be kept simple. He said that it should not take more than a week for land change, adding that strict action will be taken against the official concerned if more than a week is taken for the process. The targets fixed should be achieved within the set time frame. The four months wasted due to Covid-19 have to be compensated for in the next eight months. Considering this, work will have to be executed with double energy, he said.

The power secretary Radhika Jha informed that the scheme is aimed at encouraging generation of green energy along with provision of self employment to the youths and those who have returned to the state. Domicile holders of the state can set up solar power plants on their own or leased land under this scheme. Incorporating aspects of integrated farming, the land used for installing solar panels can also be used for fishery, cultivation of fruits, vegetables and herbs. For the land used for the solar plant, the government will provide free seeds of medicinal and aromatic plants suited to the climatic conditions.

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