Kisan Sarvoday Yojana 2021 Phase 1 has been launched by the Gujarat government to provide electricity to all farmers during day time. The state govt. has changed the name from Dinkar Yojana to Kisan Sarvoday Yojana. The 1st phase of the scheme was virtually launched by PM Narendra Modi on 24 October 2020.
Gujarat Kisan Sarvoday Yojana 2021
The change in the scheme name from Dinkar Yojana to Kisan Sarvoday Yojana became known on 20 Oct 2020 in a government release. Dinkar is the Gujarati word for the sun and the scheme was announced by the Gujarat govt. in last state budget.
With a total expenditure of around Rs. 3,500 crore, the state govt. has a plan to provide electricity to all farmers for agricultural purposes during the daytime by 2022.
Gujarat Kisan Sarvoday Yojana 2021 Phase 1
In the first phase of the Kisan Sarvoday Yojana, around 1,055 villages of Dahod, Junagadh, and Gir Somnath districts will start getting electricity for agriculture purposes in the daytime. The scheme targets around 17.25 lakh farmers in the Gujarat state. Under the scheme, farmers will get electricity in 2 slots of eight hours each between 5 am and 9 pm.
It has been a long pending demand of farmers in Gujarat to get electricity for agriculture purposes during the daytime. Farmers require regular power supply since they risk exposure to poisonous insects and wild animals in the fields during night hours, among other reasons.
Implementation of Kisan Sarvoday Yojana 1st Phase
As per the release, there is a total of around 17.25 lakh agriculture power connections which are divided into 153 groups in the Gujarat state. These groups are getting 3 phase power connections for eight hours in 24 hours. These groups get power supply in such a manner that some get a power supply for 8 hours in a day, some get power supply in the night and some get power supply partially in the day and partially in the night. Their turns rotate every week.
Major Reasons for Farmers Not Getting Electricity
Availability of power in the day time and infrastructure to distribute the power are believed to be the major reasons why all the farmers are not getting the same in the daytime. In order to provide electricity to farmers in the day time, the government is upgrading its power infrastructure. The state govt. of Gujarat is increasing the power availability through renewable energy sources like solar energy and wind energy.