Panchayat Raj Minister Nara Lokesh holding a meeting with officials at the Secretariat at Velagapudi on Monday
Panchayat Raj Minister Nara Lokesh holding a meeting with officials at the Secretariat at Velagapudi on Monday

Amaravati: Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj Nara Lokesh said the State government would supply solar pump sets to SCs and BCs at subsidy rates under NTR Jalasiri scheme.

Reviewing the scheme at meeting with officials at the Secretariat at Velagapudi on Monday, Lokesh said the solar pump sets would be given at a price of Rs 6,000 to SCs and Rs 25,000 for BCs against its actual price of Rs 55,000.  

He said Rs 116 crore was allotted for Jalasiri phase-2 programme and it was targeted to arrange solar pump sets for 17,759 borewells by January, 2018. He suggested to officials to expedite the programme of digging borewells under NTR Jalasiri scheme.

He said farmers dug 17,789 borewells till now against the target of 30,500 under phase-2 of NTR Jalasiri. He said 9,959 farmers have been paid amount for purchasing solar pump sets for the borewells.