New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday blamed previous governments for not taking the ethanol blending programme seriously and said now its production will triple to 450 crore litres in the next four years, leading to import savings of Rs 12,000 crore.
“Ethanol blending programme was started during Vajpayee government. But previous governments did not take ethanol programme seriously. Now we will produce 450 crore litre of ethanol in next four years from existing 141 crore litre. It will result in import savings of Rs 12,000 crore,” Modi said addressing an event here to mark World Biofuel Day.
Biofuels have synergies with various Government initiatives, including enhancing farmers’ incomes, and Swachh Bharat, the statement read. It further said that as a result of the efforts of the Centre, ethanol blending in petrol has increased to 141 crore litres in the financial year 2017-18, as compared to 38 crore litres in 2013-14.
He said, we are working to make BioCNG from trash; CNG usage is being ramped up in public transport; we are trying to reduce dependence on CNG import; soon we will have CNG vehicles in villages.
10% ethanol mix with petrol by 2022 and 20% by 2030 is what the government is aiming to achieve; all agricultural waste and discard can be used for ethanol production, reducing farm wastage: PM added
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas organises the programme every year to mark the importance of biofuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the Government in the biofuel sector. The ministry has been observing the World Biofuel Day for the last three years on August 10.