MNRE warns against fake websites for PM-KUSUM, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

New Delhi: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has warned the public against fake websites for the PM-KUSUM program and advised them not to click on any unverified links received via WhatsApp or SMS to s’ to register. The MNRE implements the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) program under which a grant is provided for the installation of stand-alone solar pumps and for the solarization of agricultural pumps.

The ministry said in a statement that it observed some fraudulent websites claiming to be the registration portal for the PM-KUSUM program.

These unauthorized websites collect money and information from people interested in the program, he said.

In order to avoid any loss to the general public, the MNRE has issued public notices in the past, advising the public not to deposit registration fees or share personal information on these websites.

Following receipt of the complaints, action has also been taken against the wrongdoers and several fake registration portals have been blocked, he added.

In addition to fraudulent websites, WhatsApp and other means are also used to mislead potential beneficiaries.

The ministry therefore strongly advised those interested in PM-KUSUM to verify the authenticity of the website before providing any personal information or depositing any money.

The ministry further advised not to click on any unverified or suspicious links received via Whatsapp/SMS that claims to be the registration portal of PM-KUSUM.

Under the PM-KUSUM program launched in 2019, farmers can also install grid-connected solar power plants of up to 2 MW. The program is implemented by designated departments of state governments.

Information regarding eligibility for participation in the program and the implementation process can be found on the MNRE website http://www.mnre.gov.in or on the central portal PM-KUSUM– https:/ /pmkusum.mnre.gov.in.