The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued clarifications on certain issues regarding the Pradhan Mantri KisanUrja Suraksha evamUtthanMahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme. As per the clarification, the state share of subsidy for Component-B and Component-C, shall be a minimum 30 percent 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 would be limited to 30 percent of the applicable MNRE benchmark cost or cost discovered through tender, whichever is lower for pump capacity up to 7.5 HP.
Further, there is an option is 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 for USPC. There is no CFA on the additional cost of USPC, however, the states are free to bear the additional cost for USPC fully or partly, to facilitate the farmer to install USPC. Also, the ministry added that under component C of the program, there is no CFA for the replacement of less efficient grid-connected agriculture pumps with energy-efficient agriculture pumps. However, the states can provide the necessary financial help to farmers to replace the existing pumps with the energy-efficient pumps. The MNRE had launched the guidelines for the PM-KUSUM programme in July 2019.
Read more about the KUSUM scheme: https://renewablewatch.in/2020/03/24/progress-under-kusum/