Farmers have always faced a tough time financially, as their mode of income is based on several uncertain variables. The Prime Minister of India has, taking the plight of farmers in Gujarat into consideration, launched the Gujarat Kisan Suryoday Yojana which will earmark a specific amount and dedicate it towards the welfare of poor farmers in the state.
About the Kisan Suryoday Yojana
Under the scheme, the government will spend ₹3500 crores over the span of three years in order to provide solar power to farmers for irrigation purposes during the daytime.
With the use of solar energy, farmers will now cut down on electricity bills incurred, thereby minimizing their expenses and maximizing their outputs. This scheme aims to provide free electricity to farmers for 16 hours a day – from 5 am to 9 pm. This would help farmers help expand their micro-irrigation range in the state and lead to better outcomes in the long run.
Not only will this scheme be an eco-friendly one as it provides solar energy to farmers, but it would also help in water conservation. Up until now, farmers would be getting electricity in the night, so they would switch on their motor pumps and leave them on all night. However, with this daytime electricity, huge amounts of water can now be saved.
Implementation of the scheme
The State government of Gujarat will allocate a budget of ₹3500 crores for installing the infrastructure needed to transmit energy. Under this scheme, roughly about 3500 circuit kilometers of new transmission lines will be set up all across the state in the span of the next three years. This will be implemented across villages and rural areas, wherever agrarian practices are undertaken.
The implementation of this scheme will affect the lives of lakhs of farmers across the state, especially areas that are tribal-dominated.
The PM launched this scheme and has lauded the efforts of the state government for coming up with an innovative model that supports the determination and the dedication of the common man. The farmers have been the pride of our nation and now, with this scheme, there will be a day when the farmers who feed the nation will never go hungry. With a fixed income, they will have avenues to meet their needs as well.
Impact on the condition of the farmers
Gujarat government has listed the scheme and promised that it will double the income of farmers by enabling the formation of thousands of FPOs, the neem coating urea, offering soil health cards, and launching several sister schemes alongside the Suryodaya yojana.
It has been observed that such schemes go a long way and have a long-lasting impact on the economy of the country. These schemes work towards the increase of yield which largely contributes to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. With the Suryodaya scheme in place, farmers will now find the reassurance that the government has their back and that they have all the support they need to make things work.