Can Chhattisgarh further equity, prosperity, and sustainability through solar pumps? indications from a beneficiaries’ survey

This study examines Chhattisgarh’s solar pump programme - the Saur Sujala Yojana - to understand the profiles of its beneficiaries. Understanding who is benefiting from the government support would enable informed policymaking to improve the sustainability of solar pumps. The study is based on a baseline survey of 773 beneficiaries of the scheme, which captures information on irrigation options, cropping patterns and farm income before installing the pump. The study proposes measures to ensure equitable access and just economic support for marginalised farmers and sustainable groundwater use.