Nitin Gadkari and Dharmendra Pradhan come together to celebrate ‘World Biofuel Day’ and share its importance
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 11-Aug-2017
New Delhi, August 11: Power and Energy is the crux of India’s development. In the years to come, we’ll move ahead of other countries in the respective arena. To educate people the importance of energy and power, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas celebrated the ‘World Biofuel Day 2017’ yesterday. Energy Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the objective of “World Biofuel Day” is to sensitize youths (school and college going students), farmers and other stakeholders about the benefits of biofuel and seek their involvement in Biofuel programme run by the government.
Biofuels are normally made from agricultural waste, palnts like bamboo, non-edible oilseeds, or municipal waste. Highlighting the various efforts made by the Government in the BioFuel sector, Shri Pradhan said that The World BioFuel Day will be celebrated across 100 districts of the country in various states to create awareness about the bio fuel programme.
The Minister highlighted that the energy needs for transportation and domestic use in the country requires for 80 percent import of crude. And Prime Minister Modi has given a task to cut down the crude import by 10% by 2022. To that, Pradhan said that a roadmap on the use of biofuels will help in achieving this target. Promoting biofuels creates jobs, fosters economic growth, supports farmers and helps improve energy security for country.
The Minister declared that the Ministry will soon come out with Biofuel Policy. The policy will be taken into consideration various facets like role of government, return on investment, minimum assurance etc. Nitin Gadkari who is the in-charge of the Roads and Highways Ministry also stated the importance of biofuel in India. He said that biofuels are cost effective and environment friendly. It will bring down the pollution levels.
Gadkari also announced that he would ask the Finance Minister to reduce the GST on bio-diesel from the current 18 percent to 5 percent.
Talking about the transport sector, Gadkari said that the automobile growth in the country is an unsustainable 22 percent. So efforts are on in a big way to promote public transport based on cheaper and greener biofuels and electricity. India has brought in the necessary regulations for flexi engines. Nagpur city is running 55 buses on 100 percent bio ethanol and another 50 on Bio CNG derived from methane from sewage water. This is in addition to a 200 strong fleet of electric taxis and autos. The shipping and inland waterways sectors too are gearing up for running ships and barges on methanol.