First state hay bank becomes reality


Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 19

In a first of its kind initiative, a local NGO, Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum, with the help a Mathura-based gaushala and social workers, today launched a hay bank at Mastuana Sahib to prevent stubble burning in the district. The Sangrur administration has already announced full support to the initiative while Mastuana Sahib Trust has offered its land for free.

“Today, Swami Amrita Anand from Mathura Gaushala inaugurated the hay bank. We would collect hay from the fields for free, prepare bales and store them in the bank near Mastuana Sahib, from where they would be transported to Mathura by Swami free of cost for its use as fodder,” said Dr AS Mann, president of the forum.

Swami said they would also open small branches of the bank in other villages of the district.

Farmers owning 20 acres at Benra, 30 acres at Phagguwala, 50 acres at Bahadurpur, 40 acres at Badrukhana and 100 acres at Mastuana Sahib have registered to deposit their hay in the bank.

“We have offered all help, as the protection of environment is a must if we want to progress,” said Jaswant Singh Khaira, secretary of Mastuana Sahib Trust.

Sangrur Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ghanshayam Thori said: “I have directed all BDPOs to collect 15 trailers from their areas and bring them to Jhaneri Gaushala.”


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