Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan holds meeting of National Biofuel Coordination Committee with social distancing norms

20 April, 2020 | newsx bureau

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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan held a meeting of National Biofuel Coordination Committee, keeping the social distancing in mind, and churn on measures that may power India in fight against COVI...

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan held a meeting of the National Biofuel Coordination Committee on Monday, April 20, abiding by the norms of social distancing. In the meeting, Minister Pradhan discussed ways in which the biofuel industry can assist the country in stepping-up the fight against Covid-19.

Reports said the committee took the important decision to allow conversion of a small fraction of excess food grains into ethanol for utilisation in making alcohol-based hand-sanitizers and also for further augmenting the Ethanol Blending Program in India.

The National Policy on Biofuels, 2018 under Para 5.3 inter-alia envisages that during an agriculture crop year when there is projected over supply of food grains as anticipated by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, the policy will allow conversion of these surplus quantities of food grains to ethanol, based on the approval of National Biofuel Coordination Committee (NBCC).

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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan with other officials.

A meeting of NBCC was held on 20.04.2020 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas, wherein it was approved that the surplus rice available with Food Corporation of India (FCI) may be converted to ethanol for utilization in making alcohol-based hand-sanitizers and in blending for Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme.