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A boon for farmers, Telangana's 24/7 free power scheme may hit discoms hard

Launched from Jan 1, the 24/7 free power supply replaces the existing nine hours per day free power scheme

B Dasarath Reddy  |  Hyderabad 

From being a chronically power deficit region to becoming the first state in the country where farmers are given 24/7 free electricity supply to run their 2.3 million agriculture pump sets, Telangana has made dramatic strides on the power front in just three and a half years.

Launched from Monday, the 24/7 free power supply replaces the existing nine hours per day free power scheme — a poll promise that helped the Congress party to come to power in the 2004 elections in undivided Andhra Pradesh. After fulfilling the Rs 170-billion farm loan waiver promise he made during ...

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First Published: Tue, January 02 2018. 01:30 IST
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