The state government has decided to continue to provide free power for agriculture for the next 30 years. The power utilities of Andhra Pradesh are currently supplying free power to more than 18 lakh agricultural services.
The state government is developing necessary power infrastructure to continue the scheme for the next 30 years. As part of this, the government will exclusively set up a 10,000 MW solar power plant for making the free power scheme a permanent one.
The state government already spent about Rs 1,700 crore on upgrading agriculture feeders to supply 9-hour free power in two spells during day. The subsidy given by the government to the agricultural sector in the 2018-19 financial year was Rs 6,030 crore against Rs 8,559 crore in 2020-21, representing a Rs 2,529 crore or 40 per cent additional subsidy.
State energy minister, Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, said that it is a historic decision taken by chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to continue the free power scheme for the next 30 years. “No state in the country has taken such a bold decision,” said Reddy.