With the objectives including de-dieselisation of the farm sector, providing water and energy security to farmers, increasing the income of farmers and curbing environmental pollution the Government introduced Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM- KUSUM) on 8 March 2019.
The PM-KUSUM is a demand driven scheme and therefore capacities are allocated under the three components of the scheme based on demand received from the states/ UTs. Under Component-A of PM-KUSUM Scheme, individual farmers or a group of farmers or cooperatives or panchayats or Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) or Water User Associations (WUAs) can install solar power plants up to 2 MW capacity on barren/fallow/marshy/cultivable land. Under Component-B and Component-C of the scheme, individual farmers, group of farmers, cluster irrigation systems, WUAs, FPOs, and Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS) can install the standalone solar pumps or solarize their existing grid-connected agriculture pumps. Till February, 2,08,648 farmers have benefitted from PM- KUSUM scheme as stated by Union Power & NRE Minister Shri R.K Singh on 21s March in Rajya Sabha.