Guntur: In a proactive move to win over farmers, officials of Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL) have started holding awareness meetings to clear apprehensions about the installation of meters to agriculture pump sets.
Special teams comprising senior officials assured farmers that free power supply will continue even after installation of meters.
CPDCL chairman and managing director (CMD) J Padma Janardhan Reddy visited some agriculture fields in Tenali division on Friday and interacted with farmers.
Reddy explained to farmers the advantages of installing meters for agriculture pump sets and said the government would directly pay the bill amount to farmers under YSR Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for power supply.
The same amount would be transferred to the respective discom units which would not result in any burden to farmers, Reddy said. “This is a pro-farmer government and there is no truth in the speculation that meters are being proposed only to remove free power supply. Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has readied plans to continue free power for agriculture sector for next 30 years,” he said.
Reddy added installation of meters would help discoms assess the load in a particular area and provide new transformers. The meters will also give accurate information about consumption and help take measures to provide quality supply.
Feeders trip frequently in the absence of technical information, Reddy said, resulting in disruption in power supply.