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Farmers across the state owe Rs 17,000 crore to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL). This amount is a cumulative of their bills of electricity consumption for pumps that they use in their fields to draw water from the wells for last several years.
Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said in the legislative assembly that the government has issued a circular asking farmers to pay the outstanding bills in parts and a part payment plan can be drawn up for them. If they still don't pay up, the government will be forced to cut their connections.
The state gives power to farmers at subsidized rates for atleast 8 hours a day. The farmers in the state have been distressed over the last couple of years due to the drought. Bawankule also said that Mahavitran is also yet to receive payments worth Rs 1500 crore towards drinking water supply projects run at the district level with the help of urban local bodies. tnn
He also said that for them, a 5 installment plan has been worked out and they can avail the plan if the first installment is paid in the next one month.
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