SAMARTH (Sustainable Agrarian Mission on use of Agro Residue in Thermal Power Plants)

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  • January 21, 2022
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SAMARTH (Sustainable Agrarian Mission on use of Agro Residue in Thermal Power Plants)

Part of: Prelims and GS-III Agriculture

Context: Recently, the Union Power Secretary chaired the second meeting of Steering Committee for SAMARTH i.e. Sustainable Agrarian Mission on Use of Biomass in coal-based thermal Power Plants.


  • It was created to address the issue of air pollution from stubble burning in farms and reduce the carbon footprint generated by thermal power plants which work on coal.
  • It is a government initiative to use agro-residue, which was earlier regarded as waste.
  • It is also regarded as National Mission on Use of Biomass in Thermal Power Plants
  • Its objectives are: 
    • To increase the levels of co-firing (combustion of two different types of materials at the same time).
    • To have a larger share of “carbon neutral power generation from the thermal power plants. 
    • Take up research and development work in designing boilers to handle a greater amount of silica and alkalis in biomass pellets. 
    • Work towards improving constraints in supply of such pellets and agro-residue to power plants.
    • Considering regulatory issues in biomass co-firing.

News Source: BS

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