Karnataka CM announces electricity subsidy for coffee farming – The New Indian Express


By Express press service

MADIKERI: The state government has announced subsidized power supply for up to 10 HP pumps installed in Kodagu coffee plantations. The decision was announced by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai during the zero hour of the State Legislative Assembly. The request for the same was raised by Kodagu MLA Appachu Ranjan.

Kodagu coffee growers demanded free electricity supply for up to 10 sets of HP pumps installed in coffee farms in the district. Although assurances were given by the state, they were not sanctioned. On Tuesday, MP Appachu Ranjan raised the issue during zero hour of the legislative session and he was supported by MP KG Bopaiah, MP CT Ravi and MP Kumarswamy.

Legislators argued that the district supplied Cauvery’s water to the state, but this was overlooked. They argued that while tobacco and areca nut plantations are eligible for the energy subsidy, coffee has been overlooked and ignored.

Following these discussions, CM Basavaraj Bomai said, “Electricity subsidies granted by the state are increasing every year and amount to Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000 crore. However, we understand the problems of the coffee growers, and following the discussion with the Minister of Energy and other Ministers, the State will grant a subsidy for the power supply of up to 10 groups of HP pumps installed in the plantations of coffee. However, terms and conditions will be published to control the misuse of these.


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