The Karnataka government on Monday decided to provide electricity for seven hours every day for farmers.The decision was taken at the Energy Department review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. “The state may require additional Rs 1,500 crores for this purpose. This expenditure will be met by savings in grants and reallocation of funds,” Siddaramaiah said.

Steps are being taken to provide power supply to IP sets from solar power sources (Solarisation of EIP Feeders) during next year. The tender process is in progress and by next year, this will facilitate to provide electricity to farmers during the daytime, stated CM Siddaramaiah.