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World Bio­fuel Day is ob­served every year on 10th Au­gust to cre­ate aware­ness about the im­por­tance of non-fos­sil fu­els as an al­ter­na­tive to con­ven­tional fos­sil fu­els and to high­light the var­i­ous ef­forts made by the Govern­ment in the bio­fuel sec­tor. The World Bio­fuel Day is be­ing ob­served by the Min­istry of Pe­tro­leum & Nat­u­ral Gas for the last three years. This year, it is pro­posed to hold the World Bio­fuel Day pro­gramme at Vi­gyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 10th Au­gust, 2018. Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter will be the Chief Guest for the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion that day, and he will be joined by a galaxy of Cen­tral Min­is­ters. The pro­posed par­tic­i­pants in the pro­gramme are sug­ar­cane and other farm­ers, sci­en­tists, en­trepreneurs in bio­fu­els, stu­dents of agri­cul­ture, science and en­gi­neer­ing streams, Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, Am­bas­sadors, of­fi­cers of Cen­tral & State Gov­ern­ments and com­pa­nies in­volved in bio-en­ergy sec­tor, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional me­dia, and oth­ers. There will be sep­a­rate in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions on ethanol, biodiesel, bio-CNG and 2nd Gen­er­a­tion bio­fu­els af­ter the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion. Bio­fu­els have the ben­e­fits of re­duc­ing im­port de­pen­dency on crude oil, cleaner en­vi­ron­ment, ad­di­tional in­come to farm­ers and em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion in ru­ral ar­eas. The bio­fu­els pro­gramme is also in syn­ergy with the Govern­ment of In­dia ini­tia­tives for Make in In­dia, Swachh Bharat and en­hanc­ing farm­ers’ in­come. Since 2014, the Govern­ment of In­dia has taken a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to in­crease blend­ing of bio­fu­els. The ma­jor in­ter­ven­tions in­clude ad­min­is­tra­tive price mech­a­nism for ethanol, sim­pli­fy­ing the pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dures of OMCs, amend­ing the pro­vi­sions of In­dus­tries (Devel­op­ment & Reg­u­la­tion) Act, 1951 and en­abling lig­no­cel­lu­loses route for ethanol pro­cure­ment. These in­ter­ven­tions of the Govern­ment of In­dia have shown pos­i­tive re­sults. Ethanol blend­ing in petrol has in­creased from 38 cr. litres in the ethanol sup­ply year 201314 to an es­ti­mated 141 cr. litres in the ethanol sup­ply year 2017-18. Bio-diesel blend­ing in the coun­try started from 10th Au­gust, 2015 and in the year 2018-19, Oil Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­nies have al­lo­cated 7.6 cr. litres of biodiesel. Oil PSUs are also plan­ning to set up 12 Sec­ond Gen­er­a­tion (2G) Bio-re­finer­ies to aug­ment ethanol sup­ply and ad­dress en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues aris­ing out of burn­ing of agri­cul­tural biomass. The Govern­ment ap­proved the

Na­tional Pol­icy on Bio­fu­els-2018 in June 2018. The pol­icy has the ob­jec­tive of reach­ing 20% ethanol­blend­ing and 5% biodiesel-blend­ing by the year 2030. Among other things, the pol­icy ex­pands the scope of feed­stock for ethanol pro­duc­tion and has pro­vided for in­cen­tives for pro­duc­tion of ad­vanced bio­fu­els. Re­cently, the Govern­ment has in­creased the price of C-heavy mo­lasses-based ethanol to Rs. 43.70 from Rs. 40.85 to give a boost to EBP Pro­gramme. Price of B-heavy mo­lasses-based ethanol and sug­ar­cane juice-based ethanol has been fixed for the first time at Rs. 47.40. The Govern­ment has re­duced GST on ethanol for blend­ing in fuel from 18% to 5%. The Min­istry of Pe­tro­leum & Nat­u­ral Gas is mak­ing all ef­forts to in­crease ethanol sup­ply for petrol and has taken sev­eral steps in this di­rec­tion.

Prad­han Mantri Ujjwala Yo­jana achieves 5 core mark

Loksabha Speaker Smt. Su­mi­tra Ma­ha­jan here handed over 5 croreth LPG con­nec­tion un­der Prad­han Mantri Ujjwala Yo­jana ( PMUY) to Smt. Takrdi­ran of Delhi in the Par­lia­ment House. Speaker Smt. Su­mi­tra Ma­ha­jan while ac­knowl­edg­ing the vi­sion of Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi and lead­er­ship of Min­is­ter of Pe­tro­leum & Nat­u­ral Gas Shri Dhar­men­dra Prad­han ap­pre­ci­ated the col­lec­tive ef­forts of the of­fi­cials of Min­istry and the Oil Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­nies in achiev­ing the tar­get of 5 cr. Fur­ther, shared ad­van­tages of us­ing LPG in terms of health ben­e­fits, time saved and en­sur­ing safety of women. Modi Govern­ment launched Prad­han Mantri Ujjwala Yo­jana (PMUY) on 1st May, 2016 and it is im­ple­mented by Min­istry of Pe­tro­leum and Nat­u­ral Gas through its Oil Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­nies i.e., IOC, BPCL and HPCL through their net­work of dis­trib­u­tors across the coun­try. Through PMUY, ini­tially, 5 cr. BPL house­holds were tar­geted for pro­vid­ing de­posit free LPG con­nec­tions to BPL house­holds by 31st March, 2019. In a record time of 28 months for its launch, PMUY achieved the ini­tial tar­get of pro­vid­ing 5 cr. LPG con­nec­tions to BPL house­holds. In the cur­rent year, con­sid­er­ing the huge suc­cess of the Scheme, tar­get was re­vised to 8 crores with bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion of Rs 12,800 cr. States of Ut­tar Pradesh (87 lakh), West Ben­gal (67 lakh), Bi­har (61 lakh), Mad­hya Pradesh (45 lakh), Ra­jasthan (37 lakh) and Odisha (30 lakh) have ac­counted for nearly 65% of the con­nec­tions pro­vided. 47% of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries are from the weaker sec­tions of the so­ci­ety i.e., SC/STs. PMUY has been rec­og­nized by World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion as one of the de­ci­sive in­ter­ven­tion by the Govern­ment to ad­dress the In­door Air Pol­lu­tion which ac­counts for nearly 10 lakh deaths in a year in the coun­try. PMUY aims at pro­vid­ing clean­cook­ing fuel to the poor house­holds, which are oth­er­wise vul­ner­a­ble to var­i­ous health haz­ards as­so­ci­ated with in­door air pol­lu­tion and bring­ing in qual­i­ta­tive charges in the liv­ing stan­dards. PMUY is un­der im­ple­men­ta­tion in the all the States/ UTs. Ben­e­fi­cia­ries are iden­ti­fied through So­cio-Eco­nomic Caste Cen­sus List-2011 and in such cases where names are not cov­ered un­der SECC list, ben­e­fi­cia­ries are iden­ti­fied from seven cat­e­gories which in­cludes

SC/ST house­holds, ben­e­fi­cia­ries of PMAY(Gramin), An­ty­o­daya Anna Yo­jana, Most Back­ward Classes, For­est Dwellers, Res­i­dent of Is­lands/ River Is­lands and Tea Gar­den & Ex­tea Gar­den Tribes.

Im­pact of US sanc­tions on im­port of oil from Iran

Union Min­is­ter of Pe­tro­leum & Nat­u­ral Gas, Shri Dhar­men­dra Prad­han has said that In­dia has taken note of the re-im­po­si­tion of US Sanc­tions on Iran in wake of the US pull­out from the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion on May 8, 2018. The crude oil price fluc­tu­a­tion is a fre­quent mar­ket phe­nom­e­non and the price of crude oil is de­ter­mined by many fac­tors, in­clud­ing geo-po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions and de­mand and sup­ply in the global mar­ket. In a writ­ten re­ply in Ra­jya Sabha to­day, the Min­is­ter said that the con­tri­bu­tion of pe­tro­leum sec­tor to cen­tral ex­che­quer dur­ing the Fi­nan­cial Year 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 is Rs. 1,72,065 cr., Rs. 2,53,615 cr. and Rs. 3,34,534 cr. re­spec­tively.

Long wait­ing time to get re­fill un­der PMUY

Union Min­is­ter of Pe­tro­leum & Nat­u­ral Gas, Shri Dhar­men­dra Prad­han has said that as on 30.07.2018, more than 4.94 cr. LPG con­nec­tions have been re­leased un­der Prad­han Mantri Ujjwala Yo­jana (PMUY) to BPL house­holds. The con­nec­tions re­leased help in switch­ing over to cook­ing us­ing LPG in the place of con­ven­tional sources of cook­ing fu­els such as fire­wood, tra­di­tional biomass, etc. Oil Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­nies (OMCs) have re­ported av­er­age LPG con­sump­tion of 3.5 re­fills per PMUY con­sumer. In a writ­ten re­ply in Ra­jya Sabha to­day OMCs have re­ported that nearly 80 % of PMUY ben­e­fi­cia­ries who have com­pleted 1 year of con­nec­tion re­lease, have come back for the sec­ond re­fill. The im­por­tant steps taken to achieve the ob­jec­tive of adap­tion and use of LPG by BPL house­holds, sus­tained ba­sis in­clude: 1. Launch­ing of Prad­han Mantri LPG Pan­chayat to sen­si­tise the ru­ral LPG users on sub­jects like safe us­age of LPG. 2. Au­dio vis­ual me­dia cam­paign on

ad­van­tages of use of LPG. 3. SMS cam­paign for ben­e­fi­cia­ries who have not come­back for re­fill. 4. Dis­play cam­paign by way of ban­ners, standees and hoard­ings at pub­lic places 5. Con­sumer aware­ness ac­tiv­i­ties viz. School/col­lege stu­dent level ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes, quizzes, draw­ing com­pe­ti­tions, nukkad­nataks, walkathon, cy­clothon etc.

Im­po­si­tion of VAT on petrol and diesel

Union Min­is­ter of Pe­tro­leum & Nat­u­ral Gas, Shri Dhar­men­dra Prad­han has said that Ar­ti­cle 279A (5) of the Con­sti­tu­tion pro­vides that Goods and Ser­vices Tax Coun­cil shall rec­om­mend the date on which goods and ser­vices tax shall be levied on pe­tro­leum crude, high speed diesel, mo­tor spirit, nat­u­ral gas and avi­a­tion tur­bine fuel. In a writ­ten re­ply in Ra­jya Sabha to­day, the Min­is­ter said that while, pe­tro­leum prod­ucts are con­sti­tu­tion­ally in­cluded un­der GST, the date and rate on which GST shall be levied on such goods, shall be as per the de­ci­sion of the GST Coun­cil.

Naren­dra Modi, Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia

Loksabha Speaker Smt. Su­mi­tra Ma­ha­jan

Union Min­is­ter of Pe­tro­leum & Nat­u­ral Gas, Shri Dhar­men­dra Prad­han

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