On the occasion of World Biofuel Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday dedicated the second generation (2G) ethanol plant set up at Indian Oil Corporation’s Panipat refinery in Haryana.
Addressing a gathering via video conferencing from Delhi, the Prime Minister said, “This plant will not only help in reducing air pollution from the Delhi-NCR region, but will also help generate additional income and green fuel.”
Spread over 34 acres, The 900 crore project is based on state-of-the-art indigenous technology. This will turn a new chapter in India’s waste-to-fund efforts by using about 2 lakh tonnes of rice straw (straw) annually to generate about 30 million liters of ethanol annually.
Congratulating the people of Haryana for the performance of the players of the state in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, 2022, the PM said, “The regions of Haryana will also generate energy like its sportspersons have shown energy by winning medals in the Commonwealth Games”.
“Biofuel is the need of the hour as it will help in reducing our dependence on other countries for fuel and energy. It will not only check the flow of money from the country but will also generate additional income for our farmers,” he said. Told.
The Prime Minister said that the country is moving in this direction as it has already achieved the target of 10 per cent blending of ethanol in petrol and the country’s ethanol production has increased to 400 crore liters.
“The plant will also use maize and sugarcane waste apart from paddy straw to produce ethanol. Even the farmers who were being criticized for burning crop waste will feel proud by helping the country meet its need for biofuels.”
The Prime Minister attacked the previous governments for their “failure” to solve the problems of stubble burning, saying, “Some people took shortcuts for their political interests and avoided problems for many years. Can get applause and get political benefits, but it doesn’t solve the problem. But our government is working on a permanent solution to the problem. That’s why such plants are being set up.”
Targeting Congress for spreading black magic
Attacking the Congress party for the August 5 protests in black clothes across the country, the Prime Minister attacked the Congress leadership saying, “Those who believe in black magic will never again win the trust of the people.”
He said that during the Amrit Mahotsav when the entire country is painted in the tricolour, an attempt has been made to humiliate the brave freedom fighters to defame the holy occasion.
“There are some people in our country too who are caught in the vortex of negativity drowning in despair. In such desperation, these people are also seen turning to black magic.
“Those who think that wearing black clothes will end their period of despair are unaware that despite their belief in black magic and superstition, public trust will never return to them,” he said.
Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Hardeep Singh Puri and Rameshwar Teli were also present on the occasion.
Condemnation of political parties promising freebies
The PM also targeted the political parties who promised to give freebies and said, ‘If there is selfishness in politics, then anyone can come and announce to give free petrol and diesel. But such steps will take away the rights of our children. This will prevent the country from becoming self-reliant and will increase the burden on honest taxpayers.”