Wednesday, 25 July 2018 | Sapna Singh | NEW DELHI– The Delhi Cabinet has approved a proposal to increase the income of Delhi farmers by three to four times. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced “Mukhyanmantri Kisan Aaye Badhotri Solar Yojna” under which the surface area of agriculture land will be used to install solar panels without disturbing the agriculture activities as the height of solar plates will be 3.5 metre. The solar panel will be installed in one-third area of the farm land. The estimated annual income of farmers is Rs 20,000 to 30,000 per acre per year and with the introduction of this scheme their income will increase three to four times per acre. It would be pertinent to mention here that the scheme will provide a source of additional earning to farmers starting from Rs 1 lakh per acre with an annual increment at six per cent; this further means farmers will get Rs 4.04 lakhs per acre of the land in the 25th year. After approving the scheme in the Cabinet, Kejriwal said, “While farmers all over India are in distress, the Delhi Government is standing with them. We are launching this scheme which would help them enhance their earnings manifold.” Kejriwal also asked other State Governments to implement this model. “We want to make this scheme a model for whole country, it will be of great help for the farmers in distress,” said Kejriwal. Significantly, Delhi farmers will also get 1,000 units free electricity per acre from solar plant per annum. “Total 6 acre of land will be required for installation of 1 MW solar plant which could generate approximately 13 lakh units of electricity annually,” Kejriwal said. “This will also provide clean energy to Delhi and help fight the menace of pollution. The solar power generated would be bought by different departments of the Delhi Government at a cheaper rate than on what they buy electricity presently. The Government would also save Rs 300 to Rs 400 crore using the cheap power from farm solar scheme,” the CM added. “We hope that the farmers would start earning from this scheme in 8 to 9 months and this would become a model for the country,” he added.

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