The funds were entrusted to BTVP vice-president Shailja Kant Misra, CEO Nagendra Pratap, and NGO Ujjwal Braj (founded by Pratap, then Vice Chairman of Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority). The funds will be used for procurement of a tractor, tanker, sewer jetting machine and 23 steel dustbins.
The BJP minister also directed the construction of a permanent helipad for the ‘convenience’ of devotees.
The ‘Mela’ was organised under the joint leadership of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Mathura and U.P. Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Veterinary Science University and Cattle Research Institute. It was inaugurated by Hema Malini and University Chancellor KML Pathak.
The idea behind the event was to inform farmers about the ill-effects of stubble burning. Addressing the gathering, Chancellor Pathak said that instead of burning the stubble, farmers can turn it into manure by burying the crop residue. This will reduce the pollution caused by burning and increase soil fertility.
MP Hema Malini apprised farmers of various central government schemes meant for their benefit, such as crop insurance. She also discussed the potable water problem in the area.
Anant Sharma (secretary, Ujjwal Braj), Neeraj Agrawal (secretary, GLA), Manoj Agrawal (director GL Bajaj), Pavan Chaturvedi (director, Uma motors), Ashok Beriwal of Beriwal Group, Sunil Agrawal (director, Sweety Supari), Devendra Choudhary, Prem Singh, Hitesh Bharadwaj, and Ram Bharosi Pathak were also present at the event.