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Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Expressing resentment against the central government for not allowing Chhattisgarh to produce ethanol from paddy, Chief State Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Tuesday that the state has infrastructure and a surplus of paddy for the production of ethanol.

Addressing the inaugural event of the two-day “Vanijya Utsav” here on Tuesday, the Chief Minister stressed that Chhattisgarh is rich in natural resources and holds immense potential for industry and commerce.

“The state is known as the bowl of rice of the world. Nowhere in the world produces so many varieties of rice. Before, we mainly exported steel and rice. The state owns the land, forest and water resources. minerals. The Bhilai steel plant has proven to be the backbone of the state’s economy. It was the start of the industrial adventure of Chhattisgarh, ”Baghel said.

The chief minister said that “the whole economy” is the game of supply and demand.

We can make ethanol from paddy, sugar cane, and even corn. We have already built plants for the production of ethanol from sugar cane and corn. We have a surplus of paddy. We urged the Center to give us permission to make ethanol from paddyBhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

“In the past, our country did not have enough grain to feed its citizens. We had to import the grain. Today, after the Green Revolution, we have a grain surplus. As a result, farmers are not even getting the fair price for their crops. Now it becomes necessary to make an alternative use of crops, ”he said.

Baghel pointed out that India imports petroleum products, and if ethanol and other petroleum products are produced in the country, we can save a lot of money.

“We can make ethanol from paddy, sugar cane and even corn. We have already built factories to produce ethanol from sugar cane and corn. We have a surplus of paddy. We urged the Center to give us permission to make ethanol from paddy. do not give permission. I have been asking for authorization for 2.5 years. Isn’t that a national loss? Asked the chief minister.

He said that once there was a boom in the field of electricity and energy sector when several power plants were established. “But again, there is an imbalance between supply and demand. Now there is a surplus of electricity and the plants have suffered losses,” he added.

Stressing the importance of green energy, the chief minister said that Chhattisgarh has now focused on renewable energy.

“We are moving towards green energy. Initiatives have been taken to generate electricity from cow dung. Several memoranda of understanding have been signed. Businessmen are very enthusiastic about the idea of generate electricity from cow dung, ”Baghel said.

The chief minister also stressed that logistical problems remain a major constraint for Chhattisgarh.

“Chhattisgarh is a landlocked state. The port is about 900 km away. Our industry says it is not getting rakes. We need air cargo. We have urged the central government to allow Chhattisgarh for air cargo. I have met so many times with the Union Minister, but they are reluctant to give the authorization, “he added.

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The government is targeting an E10 (10:90 ethanol: gasoline) fuel blending rate by 2022 and advanced its E20 ethanol target to 2023 (from 2025) to June earlier this year.

The EOI was released by Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) on behalf of the petroleum marketing companies on August 27 and opened on September 17.

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