The following decision was taken in a meeting of the National Biofuel Coordination
Committee. the government announced that rice’s stock will be available with the Food
Corporation of India that can be used to make alcohol-based hand sanitizer and for blending purpose with the petrol.
The decision was taken in a meeting held by the National Biofuel coordination committee.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the minister of petroleum and natural gas, Dharmendra Pathan.
It was being said in the meeting that the surplus rice available with FCI may be used for
making and manufacture of alcohol-based hand sanitizer and in the blending of petrol to
further manufacture Ethanol Blended petrol program. this was said by the petroleum
The National biofuel policy anticipated that during an agricultural crop year when there is a predicted overgrowth of food grains, these extra or more growth food grains will be used to be converted to ethanol with the permission and approval of national biofuel coordination committee.
The government has allowed sugar companies and distilleries to make ethanol and then
hand sanitizer which is alcohol-based.
These sugar companies do the job of supplying ethanol to oil blending factories to blend
petrol with it. the main body of these sugar companies said that many of such sugar
manufacturing companies have willingly wanted to make hand sanitizers and supply to
hospitals and such other institutions by the ethanol production.
Some of these companies are even taking the initiative of supplying the product at the cost price or free of cost. The state excise department and state drug control corporation are giving full support and corporation this new segment of the production of hand sanitizer has been successfully launched by most of the sugar companies.
According to data by the officials, FCI godowns have a total of 58.49 million tons of rice.out of this stock 30.97 million tonnes id rice and the left 27 is wheat. the food grain stock if much higher than the required norm of maintaining a reserve of 21 million tonnes on April 1st.
Under the National food security act, the government has been providing 5kg foodgrains to 80 crore people at the highly subsidized price of 2-3 rs/kg. Along with the following decision, the center has decided to distribute 5 kg of the foodgrains to every person that re free of cost for the next 3 months to provide relief to the people during the lockdown period ongoing.