CM demands union finance min to allow Chhattisgarh to make ethanol from paddy

CM demands union finance min to allow Chhattisgarh to make ethanol from paddy

Raipur: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday virtually attended the meeting of chief ministers of all the states of the country organized under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Dr. Nirmala Sitharaman.

He discussed many financial matters of the state with the Union Finance Minister. Baghel said that Chhattisgarh has completed the target of 35 per cent capital expenditure set by the Central Government in the first and second quarters.

Stating that Chhattisgarh is known as rice bowl where paddy is produced in abundance, chief minister said that for the last two-three years, the state government is requesting to allow bio-ethanol production from paddy. He urged the Union Finance Minister that if the Central Government gives permission, then the State Government will be able to use the surplus paddy for making ethanol. He said that this would benefit the state and farmers as well as save foreign exchange spent by the Government of India on import of petroleum products.

Baghel told the Union Finance Minister that preparations have been made by the state government to make ethanol from paddy in the state. MoUs have also been signed with 12 companies for setting up ethanol plant from paddy. He also informed that the state has got permission to make ethanol from sugarcane and maize. He urged the Union Finance Minister to get permission to manufacture ethanol from paddy.

He said that the union food ministry has given consent to take 61.65 lakh metric tonnes of rice from the state of Chhattisgarh in the year 2021-22. He said that the Central Government has taken the decision not to take that rice from the state of Chhattisgarh. This decision of the Central Government is not in the interest of the state, its millers and workers. He said that there are about 500 Usna mills in the state with a production capacity of 5 lakh metric tonnes per month. This decision will close the mills. The laborers working in the mills will become unemployed.

He also drew attention of union finance minister towards the coal penalty amounting to Rs.4140 crore for the share of Chhattisgarh state deposited in the Central Pool of the Central Government and requested to return this amount to the Chhattisgarh state.