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40% subsidy on solar irrigation pumps

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 13, 2013
First Published: 00:07 IST(13/5/2013) | Last Updated: 00:08 IST(13/5/2013)

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday announced 40% subsidy on solar irrigation pumps towards the promotion of state's flagship programme of agriculture diversification.

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The chief minister also sanctioned Rs. 5 crore for providing subsidy to the farmers besides fruit and vegetable growers, on these solar pumps.

A solar pump costs nearly Rs. 2.5 lakh of which 40% (Rs 1 lakh) and 30% (Rs 75,000) as subsidy is borne by the state government and the union government, respectively, and the balance 30% which works out to be Rs. 75,000 has to be paid by the beneficiary farmer.

The priority, however, would be given to those farmers opting for crop diversification, a spokesman said.

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