MNRE issues clarifications regarding the KUSUM scheme

The MNRE has issued clarifications on certain issues regarding the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM). As per the clarification, the government’s share of subsidy for Component-B and Component-C shall be a minimum 30 per cent of the applicable MNRE benchmark cost or cost discovered through tender, whichever is lower. The states may provide a higher share of subsidy to reduce the beneficiary farmer contribution, however, the central financial assistance (CFA) would be limited to 30 per cent for a pump capacity of up to 7.5 HP. Further, there is an option available with the farmer to install a universal solar pump controller (USPC) under Component-B, for which the farmer has to bear the additional cost. There is no CFA for the additional cost of USPC, though the states are allowed to bear the additional cost for the USPC, fully or partly, to support the farmer.

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