LAUNCHING OF SAANSAD ADARSH GRAM YOJANA: CALL FOR A GREATER ROLE OF ASSOCIATIONS OF INDIAN BIO-GAS ENTERPRENEURS
The Government of India on October 11, 2014 has launched a scheme called the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana or Parliamentarian Model Village Scheme (“Scheme”) wherein the Members of Parliament will have to select and develop a village with people`s participation. One amongst the many underlying thrust areas which the Scheme has been dedicated to is systematic development of rural sanitation. Considering the possibility of producing bio-gas from human waste, I feel that development activities under this Scheme should be taken as per a Master Development Plan approved by committees which will also consist of bio-gas entrepreneurs. As it is very unlikely that the idea of coordinated development of rural sanitation based bio-gas plants has been injected with the scheme, associations of Indian bio-gas entrepreneurs should take a step ahead and make representations to the government before it is too late. Needless to say rural sanitation based bio-gas plants under the Scheme will come with multiple benefits including (i) business potential of green engineering entities (namely manufacture & supply of portable bio-toilets/ digester, production and market sale of compressed bio-gas/organic fertilizer etc.); (ii) rural employment; and (iii) overall economic development of the country. The following simple model can be adopted to achieve the goals.
Illustrative Model: Single Bio-Gas Plant based on direct human wastes of 4 (Four) Villages