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AAP alleged farm power subsidy scam of Rs 4000 cr

‘Power use by farm pumps over-calculated, wrong people benefitting’

The state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has alleged a scam of Rs 4000 crore in farm power subsidy grant, alleging that the BJP government grossly over-calculated the power consumption by agricultural pumps, leading to wrong people benefiting from the subsidy.

-Team Absolute|Bhopal

The state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has alleged a scam of Rs 4000 crore in farm power subsidy grant, alleging that the BJP government grossly over-calculated the power consumption by agricultural pumps, leading to wrong people benefiting from the subsidy.

AAP Madhya Pradesh convener Alok Agrawal while addressing media personals here on Sunday said, “The BJP government of the state recently announced power subsidy of Rs 8400 for agricultural pumps but there is a bungling of about 1,000 crore units costing Rs 4,000 crore in calculation. The figure of Rs 8,400 crore is based on the estimate of consumption of 2,075 crore units of power, but the actual consumption by farm pumps is 1,063 crore units.”

Agarwal further said, “There is a gap of about 1,000 crore units worth Rs 4,000 crore in the government’s estimate and actual use. This power is being stolen in the name of farmers.”

He said that this amount of Rs 4,000 crore could have been used for loan waiver or other schemes for farmers which would have prevented many suicides, he said. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should clarify who is benefiting from this extra subsidy, the AAP leader demanded.

He said that it is clear from the MP Electricity Regulatory Commission order for this year that 2075 units of electricity would be consumed by each agricultural pump and the state government has announced subsidy of Rs 8400 for these 2075 units means this subsidy comes to Rs 4 per unit.

But if the average consumption of agricultural pumps is looked than it is found that only 1519 units are consumed, even if these pumps run continuously for a year. But as per the conditions the pumps works for only six months. Even if actual consumption is considered to be 70 per cent of the estimated consumption by Regulatory Commission than it comes to just 1063 units.

He said that AAP demands that the theft of power in the name of farmers should be stopped and the subsidy of Rs 4000 crore should be utilized for waiving farmers loan and providing fair price of crops.

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