Government permits conversion of surplus rice to ethanol for hand sanitisers

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New Delhi: Government is leaving no stone unturned to stop the spread of coronavirus. And is taking measures to prevent Covid-19. Government has permitted conversion of surplus rice to ethanol for hand sanitisers.

According to the PIB press release, 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).          

A meeting of NBCC was held yesterday under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, 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.

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