PM-KUSUM Scheme upsc ias prelims exam 2022

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🖊 Central government has set the target to replace diesel with renewable energy in agricultural sector by 2024.

🖊 This target was set in line with Government’s commitment of increasing the share of non-fossil fuels by 2030 and becoming a net zero emitter by 2070.

🖊 PM-KUSUM scheme was announced in Budget 2018, and was approved in 2019. It is dubbed as “Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme”.

🖊 The scheme seeks to add a solar capacity of 30.8 GW by 2022.

🖊 PM-KUSUM comprises of three components:

  • Component-A: It includes decentralised, ground-mounted and grid-connected renewable power plants of 10,000 MW capacity.
  • Component-B: It provides for installation of two million standalone solar-powered agriculture pumps.
  • Component-C: It provides for solarisation of 1.5 million grid-connected solar-powered agriculture pumps.

🖊 The scheme has resulted into expansion of irrigation cover by providing decentralized solar-based irrigation

🖊 Scheme has eliminated small and marginal farmers, as it focuses on pumps with 3 HP and more capacities

🖊 Solar pumps are not reaching to majority of small and marginal farmers.


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