Rajasthan to go for 5-6 GOBAR-Dhan pilot projects this financial year

Having more than 3000 gaushalas across the State, Rajasthan plans to experiment with 5-6 pilot GOBAR-Dhan projects, based on the models in Gujarat as demonstrated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS).  The initiatives would ensure that all gobar and agricultural waste produced are utilised efficiently to generate biogas and slurry.

GOBAR-Dhan is a part of the waste to wealth initiative that comes with Government of India support.  While producing clean energy and bio-manure, it promotes solid and liquid waste management, leading to a clean environment and sampoorna swachhata and at the same time, it could double the farmers’ income.

These matters were discussed at length during a virtual orientation of GOBAR-Dhan 2020-21 conducted by DDWS for officials of the Rajasthan government.  Mr. Arun Baroka, Additional Secretary (AS), DDWS made a presentation titled – GOBAR-Dhan 2020 – A unified approach of the Government of India,’ where he expanded on the Scheme of GOBAR-Dhan which is a pillar to generate waste to wealth  by converting cattle dung into bio-gas and bio-fertilizer. 

Speaking of the support from the highest level to the GOBAR-Dhan projects which are based on the PM’s vision, Mr. Baroka said that the benefits of GOBAR-Dhan were enormous. Further, “many variations are possible – any model can be adopted as per local conditions,” he added.

The AS went on to explain the potential for Biomethanation in rural India and the various biogas programmes of the Government of India under the ministries of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, New and Renewable Energy and the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the latter being the coordinating agency for GOBAR-Dhan 2020-21 pilot projects.

The three models of GOBAR-Dhan in Gujarat, namely Zakariyapura (Anand), Umret (Anand) and Banas Dairy (Banakantha) were demonstrated through videos.

Other matters discussed during virtual meeting were – the guiding principles, funding support available; proposed governance arrangements at GOI, State and District levels; Roadmap for implementation in year one, new developments for funding, role of the States and an indicative timeline.

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