Mukhyamantri Krishi Sanjeevani (Sanjivani) Yojana Maharashtra
The Mukhyamantri Krishi Sanjeevani Yojana scheme was launched in the state of Maharashtra for the farmers recently. This scheme is aimed towards providing better financial aid to the farmers. It is an amnesty scheme and it will take into consideration those farmers who are unable to pay the energy bills. It is yet another relief scheme.
This scheme was launched by the Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis on 1st Nov 2017. He made several announcements regarding the scheme and how its implementation shall proceed in an official event. He mentioned, during the launch of the scheme, that the government has seen a massive increase in the outstanding bill amount. However, understanding the plight of the farmers, the state has come up with an amnesty procedure.
Salient features of the scheme
So the features of the scheme which have come forth are as mentioned below –
- Number of beneficiaries: 41 lakh farmers in the state shall get the direct benefits of the scheme within a span of three years when the scheme shall complete.
- For who is this scheme: This scheme is directed towards those farmers who have stopped paying electricity bill since 2012 because they were unable to afford it.
- You have to pay current bill: But the state also announced that every individual including the beneficiaries will have to pay the electricity pay for the current month or else their connection shall be cut ff.
- Pay off dues: The Chief Minister, in an attempt to ensure that this scheme reaches the needy beneficiaries, has also requested the farmers to pay off their current dues if they can.
- Special camp: The department will arrange special camps to provide the benefits of this scheme and to ensure that it reaches the right people who are in need.
- Join this scheme: To join this scheme you will have to fill up your current electricity bill by Nov 17th Along with that you will have to deposit 20% of the original arrears.
- The farmers had already been given electricity at subsidized rates in the state. The Electricity Regulatory Commission had fixed Rs. 6.50 per unit rate for the year 2016-17. Out of this the farmers had to pay only Rs. 3.40 per unit – the rest (Rs. 3.10) was to be borne by the state or obtained from the commercial and industrial sources.
- Amount out of scheme: The farmers whose electricity bill is less than Rs. 30,000 have been asked to pay off their bills in five installments.
- Time frame: They shall have to pay off these excess dues from December 2017 onwards and the last date shall be somewhere around December 2018.
- Gap between payments: This means you will have to pay from March 2018 to December 2018. The gap between the two payments should not be more than 3 months. This is only for those who have bills less than Rs. 30,000.
- For those whose bill exceeds Rs. 30,000: They will have to pay this due in 10 installments which shall not be 45 days apart each.
- If the farmers are unable to pay this way: If farmers fail to comply with this scheme then they will have to pay the full amount along with interest and fines.
However, a lot of farmers have been unable to cope with the rising demand of the electricity bills. Hence the government has been under pressure to cope with the losses. They have faced some difficulties in buying power from the holding companies. As a result they were facing difficulties in providing it at meager rates. This is why they have come up with this scheme with which the farmers will continue to enjoy less costs but the government will also be able to recover some of the losses they have had.