PM KUSUM Scheme {कुसुम योजना} - Objectives, Components, Benefits, Implementation and Application Process

Updated on Jul 17, 2020

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan or PM KUSUM scheme was launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India in 2019. The beneficiaries under this scheme are the farmers. This scheme was launched for installing solar pumps and other renewable power plants across India. The scheme aims to add around 25,750 MW of solar pumps and renewable power plants by 2022 with a total financial budget of ₹34,422 Crore which includes service charges also. The main aim of the PM KUSUM Scheme is to increase the farmer’s income and to provide irrigation facilities. To know more about the PM KUSUM Scheme, read this article till the end. 

Name 

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan or PM KUSUM scheme

Authority 

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)

Launched 

2019

Beneficiary

Farmers 

State 

All India

Mode 

Online and Offline 

Total budget

₹34,422 Crore

Official website   

mnre.gov.in

Objectives 

The objectives of PM KUSUM Scheme are as follows:

  • Farmers, panchayat, co-operative society can apply for the PM KUSUM Scheme for planting solar pumps. 
  • Under this scheme, the total scheme is divided into three categories.
  • In the first category, the government will provide 60% subsidy to the farmers then in the second category the government will cover 30% of the total cost in the form of loan and in the last category 10% of the total cost will be covered by the farmers.
  • The farmers can also sell the electricity generated from the solar pumps.

Components 

The various components of PM KUSUM Scheme are mentioned below:

  1. Component A

  • 10,000 MW of decentralized renewable energy power plants which are grid connected will be set up under this scheme.
  • These farmers, panchayats, cooperative societies, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) and Water User Associations (WUA) will set up these grids.
  • The grids will be set up within the radius of 5 km. 
  • MNRE, DISCOMs, SNAs, and RPG are the stakeholders under this scheme.
  1. Component B

  • Under this scheme, ₹17.50 lakh worth solar powered agricultural pumps will be installed by the farmers.
  • Each pump will have capacity up to 7.5 HP. 
  • The roles under component B are Pump allocation and Procurement, Setting timeline and penalties, Maintenance and Monitoring, Release of Funds.
  1. Component C

  • This scheme is for solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid Connected with Agriculture Pumps and farmers those who have grid connected pumps will be supported to solarize pumps.
  • Excess solar power will be sold to Distribution Companies of India like DISCOMs at fixed tariff.
  • Solar power will meet the needs of farmer’s irrigation facilities.

Benefits 

The benefits of PM KUSUM Scheme are as follows:

  • The owner of the agricultural land can generate a source of income for a period of 25 years. 
  • As the solar panels will be set up in the agricultural land above a minimum height, the farmers can earn extra income by continuing to grow crops.
  • This scheme will help the DISCOMs to achieve their RPO target.
  • Under this scheme, enough energy will be provided to rural centres and agricultural pumps set loads. It requires power during the day time.
  • The solar plants will help to decrease the transmission losses for STU and DISCOMs, as these power plants will be located in a decentralized manner closer to the agriculture loads or to electrical substations.
  • The solar plants will reduce the expenditure on diesel for running diesel pumps and will also help to reduce pollution.
  • Under this scheme, 17.5 lakh farmers will be benefited for a period of four years. 

Implementation 

MNRE along with State Nodal Agencies (SNAs), States or UTs, DISCOMs, and most importantly farmers will control and monitor the PM KUSUM Scheme. Components A and C will be implemented in Pilot mode till 31st December 2019 whereas the Component B, will not be implemented in pilot mode. The capacity to be implemented for component A is commission 1000MW capacity of ground/still mounted solar or other renewable power project and  for Component C is solarise 1,00,000 grid linked with agricultural pumps. These capacities will be sanctioned by the state government. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is PM KUSUM?

The PM KUSUM scheme was launched to install solar pumps and other renewable power plants which will help to increase the income of the farmers.

Q. What is the full form PM KUSUM Scheme?

It stands for Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan Yojana.

Q. What is the official website for PM KUSUM Scheme?

The official website is mnre.gov.in

Q. Where can I apply for KUSUM Yojana?

You can apply for kusum yojana on its official website.

Q. When kusum yojana was launched?

KUSUM yojanas was launched in February 2019.

Q. Who launched the PM KUSUM scheme?

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) launched the kusum yojana.

Q. How many components are there in kusum yojana?

Three components are there in kusum yojana.

Q. What is the main objective of kusum yojana?

The main objective is to install solar pumps and other renewable power plants.

Q. Can I apply for kusum yojana offline?

Yes.

Q. Who are the beneficiaries in this scheme?

The farmers will be benefited from the PM KUSUM scheme.

Q. What is the benefit for applying into kusum yojana?

The benefit for applying into kusum yojana is that the income of the farmers will increase and they will be provided agricultural facilities by the government.


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WRITTEN BYVarsha Verma

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