Rajasthan government is always ready with open arms to make farmers feel at ease. From waiving off massive loan amounts to providing subsidies and reducing electricity tariffs for the farming society, Rajasthan government led by Raje government has proved to be a benison for the farming society, whose demands and aspirations have manifested into reality due to the relentless efforts of CM Raje government.
In February, CM Raje gave momentous relief to the farmers by reducing tariff for agriculture connections to all the farmers.
According to the decision, farmers now enjoy a reduced tariff of 90 paise per unit instead of Rs 1.15 per unit. As far as the flat rate is concerned, the Raje-led government downsized it from Rs 120 to Rs 85, thereby giving a massive relief to the farmers.
The increased burden of new tariffs announced by the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) was shared by the Rajasthan government. This was purely aimed at off-loading farmer’s economic burden. The Commission had increased agriculture tariffs by 25 paise per unit, in September 2016.
As per this decision, the increased charges collected from the farmers in the past would be adjusted in the coming bills.
Contrarily, the Gehlot-led Congress government hiked electricity tariffs every year, thereby showcasing no compassion for the farmers’ increasing economic burden.
However, the BJP government led by Vasundhara Raje has refrained from increasing power tariffs for the benefit of the farmers. Instead, the Raje government has taken the burden onto itself.
Geographical Area Covered
Not only this, geographical limits for transfer of agriculture connections was extended from Panchayat Samiti to entire district.
Civil Liability Decreased
Impressively, the maximum time limit for civil liability for consumers has decreased from four to two months. Also, a decline has been seen in the agreed amount which is now pegged at Rs. 1000 against the earlier Rs. 2000 per HP.
Effective Consumer Grievance Redressal System
Also, electricity camps were also organised at the Panchayat and Sub Division level across the state for redressing consumer’s grievances in connection with electricity tariffs.
Additionally, an effective complaint redressal system was also put in place. Complaints received against the VCR inspections within 60 days of inspection were resolved in next 15 days.
Moreover, the government also avoided load checking for meters which were functioning properly.
More than 45000 farmers have been benefitted from the conversion of agriculture power connections to general category connections in 3 years. Drip irrigation, sprinkler system and diggi irrigation among other agricultural gears have been converted for this purpose.