It is a known fact that Delhi-NCR (India) - home to over 20 million people remains covered with smog during pre-winter months of October-November, each year. NASA images have reflected that the burning of crop stubble during harvest season in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh (wheat bowl states) is considerably impacting the pollution level of this region.
Stubble burning is economical and cleans the field completely for sowing of new crops, but it has many harmful effects on the environment and livelihood.
The fact that the time gap to sow new crop during October-November is only 15-20 days make the farmers resort to crop burning. To lessen the worries of farmers from the wheat bowl states of India, and to lend them a helping hand, Birlasoft initiated a Community Initiative called 'Shodhan'. Shodhan, in Hindi, signifies 'Purification'.
Project Shodhan | Crop Residue Management Initiative by Birlasoft
In 2017, Shodhan set up its footprints in two villages of Punjab, both of which had witnessed stubble burning in the past. In a span of four years, the initiative has covered more than 70+ villages and 56,300+ acres of agricultural land.
Birlasoft has been a recipient of multiple awards like 'SABERA', (Social and Business Enterprise Responsible Award) for three consecutive years in the 'Paryavaran' (Environment) category and the India CSR Award in 2021.
This was made possible because of the Birlasoft volunteers, who in collaboration with the CII Foundation, contributed their effort and time in the initiative, their never-ending support to the farmers' family, took the project to the next level.
Impact of the Interventions in 2020-21
  • Stubble burning checked in 90% farm area and 5% - 7% increase in yield
  • Net water savings estimated to be almost 2.6 billion liters
  • The adoption of sustainable practice improved to almost 95% after the intervention as compare to 9% in 2019
  • 22,560 tons of rice straw were avoided from being burnt
  • Avoided Air Quality Impacts: 117 t PM2.5; 143 t VOCs; 83 t NH3; 39 t NOx and 5.8 t
Villages
2
2017-18
27
2018-19
21
2019-20
24
2020-21
13
2021-22
Acreage
1600
2017-18
24600
2018-19
13400
2019-20
16724
2020-21
7500
2021-22
Beneficiaries
2083
2017-18
12210
2018-19
15000
2019-20
18000
2020-21
2450
2021-22
Graphs highlighting the positive impact that Project Shodhan has brought across communities
Awards and Accolades
India CSR Summit 2021 | Environment Category | Project: Large
In December 2021, Birlasoft’s marquee community development and crop residue management initiative, Project Shodhan was acknowledged with the Special Jury Award at the eighth edition of the India CSR Summit.
An initiative of CSRBOX, the India CSR Awards encourages companies, CSR foundations, and CSR implementing agencies to deliver high impact through CSR projects, and adopt a multi-stakeholder approach, leading to excellence in project outcomes. The Awards seek to appreciate project-specific impacts made by the organizations in particular thematic areas to set the benchmark in project planning to project implementation.
Community Initiatives at Birlasoft
Certificate of Recognition received by the organizers
Community Initiatives at Birlasoft
A glittering trophy that acknowledges the positive interventions brought by Project Shodhan
GT SABERA 2020 | Virtual Award Ceremony | Dec 10, 2020
GT SABERA 2020 | Award Citation | Paryavaran and Upbhog (Environment and Consumption) Category
Project Shodhan | SABERA 2019 award Paryavaran (Environment) Category
Press Releases
CII Foundation partners with Birlasoft to launch the third phase of Project Shodhan
Birlasoft receives SABERA 2020 Award for its community-benefiting Initiative - Project Shodhan
Videos
Awareness Drives in villages of Punjab (CII Foundation and Birlasoft's #BForCe volunteers) 2019
Interaction with Farmers - Awareness Drive in villages of Punjab
Interaction with Farmers
Plantation Drive - Awareness Drive in villages of Punjab
Plantation Drive
Street Play - Awareness Drive in villages of Punjab
Street Play
Gallery