According to reports, BJP President Nitin Gadkari today asked the government to implement the policy of mandatory 5 per cent blending of ethanol with petrol in all states to help farmers as also reduce India’s oil import bill.
Gadkari made the appeal during a meeting with officials of ministries of petroleum, consumer affairs and new and renewable energy here today.
“The BJP chief pitched for mandatory use of ethanol in petrol and was of the view that there should be a uniform policy on ethanol-petrol blending in all states which will help farmers get a good price,” a source told PTI.
They added Gadkari also felt that this will also reduce oil imports and save the country’s foreign exchange.
The government has already made it mandatory for doping of petrol with at least five per cent of ethanol across the country to save around 100 crore litres of fuel annually.
But the programme is not being implemented in all states as suppliers of ethanol, a by-product of sugarcane, are unable to meet the supply requirements.
Meanwhile, Gadkari met Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Praful Patel to seek his ministry’s intervention in implementation of the ethanol-blending programme.
“The Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) has decided to set up a panel to look into various issue like supply-side of ethanol, distribution and technology available so that mandatory blending could be implemented across the country,” the source said.
“The car manufacturers also want a policy that has uniformity across the country,” the source said, adding that there is a issue of supply as some states have good supply of ethanol, while others do not have it.
States such as Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are the largest producers and can be developed as major suppliers of it.