CHANDIGARH: Birlasoft (India) Limited, part of the CK Birla Group, organized a felicitation ceremony in Patiala to recognize the farmers and co-operative societies from two villages in Patiala – Ageti and Bibipur – who did not indulge in crop burning this year to improve the air quality in Delhi NCR.
This was part of Phase I of CSR program Shodhan 2017-18 that attempted to arrest the pollution caused by crop burning in Punjab villages in the Delhi NCR region through technology.
Samit Deb, Chief People Officer, Birlasoft, said, “The support from farmers will go a long way in motivating a much larger community to adopt the practice of zero crop burning. We can expand this program to many more villages and contribute further to building a clean and green future.”
Over the last few years Delhi NCR, home to over 20 million people, remains under the cover of smog during early winter months of October-November. One contributor to the suffocating envelope of smog that settles over the national capital region has been the burning of crop stubble in the villages in the neighbouring States of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
The first phase of Birlasoft CSR project Shodhan got initiated in the month of September 2017 and has covered around 1600 acres of area and 2100 beneficiaries of Ageti and Bibipur, Punjab.