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MNRE Amends Guidelines for PM-KUSUM Scheme

Published on November 14, 2020
Current Context: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has amended the implementation guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme.
  • The PM KUSUM Scheme is meant for the Indian farmers which aim to install solar pumps, grid-connected solar and other renewable power plants across the country.
  • Components of PM-KUSUM Scheme: (Components A): Installation of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants
  • (Components B): Installation of standalone Solar-Powered Agriculture Pumps
  • (Components C): Solarisation of grid-connected agriculture Pumps.
  • Amendments made in each component are: (Components A): Solar plants can now also be installed on Pasturelands and marshy lands of farmers. The solar power projects smaller than 500 kW will also be allowed, considering the increasing participation of small farmers. The completion period is increased from 9 to 12 months. No penalty for the shortfall in a generation.
  • (Components B): The CFA will be allowed for solar pump capacity of higher than 7.5 HP. A separate bid price for solar water pumping system with Universal Solar Pump Controller (USPC) will be invited and subsidy will be made available for these pumps as per the benchmark price of solar pumps without USPC
  • (Components C): MNRE will keep 33% of eligible service charges for national Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities. The provisions are made for the release of Service charges to implement agencies for preparatory activities.
  • Static Part: 
    • PM-KUSUM Scheme: It was approved by Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 19th Feb 2019 and has the target to set up solar and other renewable power plants of capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022.
    • Union Minister of State (IC) of New and Renewable Energy: Raj Kumar Singh

Question: 

Q:1: In which year was PM-KUSUM scheme launched?
a. 2019
b. 2017
c. 2020
d. 2018

Q:2: PM-KUSUM scheme is launched to serve which of the following purpose?
a. Girls education
b. Women and Child development
c. Public Distribution System
d. Setup Solar and Renewable power plants
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