Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 9
Power Minister Ranjit Singh on Wednesday said in the first phase, the state had set a target to release about 7,621 remaining tubewell connections by July 15 to farmers. So far, about 9,401 tubewell connections have been released.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Ranjit said the farmers, who had applied before January 1, 2019, were being given tubewell connections in a phased manner. Similarly, about 40,000 applicants will be covered under the second phase, following which a target has been set to provide tubewell connections to them by June 30, 2022. Of these, about 39,571 applicants have been asked to get the estimate prepared and the fees deposited.
The Power Minister said micro-irrigation (drip irrigation system) would be encouraged in areas where the water table was below 100 feet. For the drip irrigation system, he said subsidy up to 80 per cent would be provided to the Scheduled Caste farmers and up to 60 per cent to those belonging to the general category.
He said keeping in view the interest of farmers, the state had authorised seven other motor pump set companies. Farmers can purchase pump sets from these companies and get them installed in their fields.
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