Farmers in Coimbatore district have welcomed the announcement by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission on relexation for agriculture power connections.
According to P.Kandasamy, State Secretary of Farmers Association(apolitical), announcements related to co-owners of wells getting separate power connectiona and shifting of the free connection anywhere within the State are welcome measures.
"We are not able to shift the power line if a farmer sold his land. Now, he can shift the connection to another farm of his", Mr.Kandasamy said.
He, however said, there were issues such as upper ceiling on land holding to get the benefits."All outdated norms should be removed and any measure should support marginal farmers too", he said. There are several marginal farmers with less than half an acre agriculture land. They should be supported and encouraged to continue agriculture. The government should make stringent the norms to ensure that free connections were not misused for non-agri purposes and ensure that marginal and small farmers were not affected by the norms.
Horticulture crops did not get free connections. The tariff was also high for these power connections. The tariff should be reduced or these farmers should also get free power, he added.
He said that the government should ensure about the norms and conditions that benefits the farmers.