The Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, has launched the GOBAR-DHAN (Galvanising Organic Bio-Agro Resources) scheme in 2020 to convert cattle dung and solid waste in farms to Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) and compost.
The programme will be funded under Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) component of Swachh Bharat Mission–Gramin (SBM-G) to benefit households in identified villages through Gram Panchayats.
The objective of the scheme is to increase rural income, rural jobs and to keep villages clean through solid waste management.
Accordingly, this scheme aims to positively impact the Gram Panchayats with 3Es, which are as following:
Energy: Self-reliance with respect to energy through utilization of agricultural and animal waste to generate bio-energy through bio-gas plants.
Empowerment: Engaging rural people, especially women self-help groups in construction, management and day to day operations of biogas plants.
Employment: Generating jobs among the rural youth and women through collection of waste, transportation to treatment plants, management of treatment plant, sale and distribution of biogas generated, etc.
The scheme is intended to manage and convert cattle dung and solid waste in farms to compost, bio-slurry, bio-gas and bio-CNG.