• Under GOBAR-DHAN scheme, solid waste of dung and fields will be changed into compost and fuels such as biogas and bio-CNG.
• The cooking gas will be provided to the rural habitations with optimum technical support to ensure that the schemes functions on a sustainable basis.
• The government has selected over 115 districts for implementation of the scheme.
• Under the scheme, farmers will be able to make use of easily available Compost fertilizer for their farm lands.
• As part of the scheme, people will be educated about the utilisation of cattle dung for converting it into more valuable fuel, biogas and manure.
• The scheme will boost village cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic wastes.
• It will create new rural livelihood opportunities and enhance income for farmers and other rural people.
• It will help in saving electricity and environment too.
The GOBAR-DHAN Scheme was announced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2018-19 Budget Speech.
How GOBAR-DHAN Scheme will impact the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)?
• The Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) comprises two main components for creating clean villages – creating Open Defecation Free (ODF) villages and managing solid and liquid waste in villages.
• As over 3.5 lakh villages, 374 districts and 16 States and UTs have already been declared ODF; the next move is for ODF-plus activities such as measures to enhance the solid and liquid waste management.
• The GOBAR-DHAN scheme comes as a savior at this point, with its focus on keeping villages clean and generating energy from cattle waste, which is just a part of this ODF-plus strategy.
• The scheme envisages the implementation of 700 bio-gas units in different states of the country in the year 2018-19.
Source: Jagran Josh