It is a known fact that Delhi- NCR, home to over 20 million people remains covered with smog during early winter months of Oct-Nov. NASA images reflected that the burning of crop stubble during harvest season in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh 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 Oct-Nov is only 15-20 days make the farmers resort to the burning of crops. To lessen the worries of farmers of Punjab and to lend them a helping hand, Birlasoft initiated a Community Initiative called ‘Shodhan’. Shodhan, in Hindi, signifies ‘Purification’.

In 2017, Shodhan set up its footprints in two villages of Punjab, both of which had witnessed stubble burning in the past. In Phase 1 of Shodhan, Birlasoft created a difference in these two villages by creating awareness about harmful effects of stubble burning and the alternatives available. In Phase 2, Birlasoft 10xed the impact it created in Phase 1, this was possible because of the Birlasoft volunteers, who contributed their effort and time in the initiative, their never-ending support to the farmers’ family, took the project to the next level.

Birlasoft won 'SABERA', Social and Business Enterprise Responsible Award for this Community Initiative, in the potential impact and innovation category. ‘SABERA’ acknowledges business and social enterprises along with individuals working responsibly in putting the nation on the road of development.