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Chhattisgarh should be allowed to make ethanol from paddy: Baghel

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Chhattisgarh should be allowed to make ethanol from paddy: Baghel

Raipur, Nov 15 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to allow the state to produce ethanol from paddy.

State Public Relations Department officials said here on Monday that Chief Minister Baghel attended the meeting of Chief Ministers of the states with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a virtual manner from his residence office here today.

Officials said the chief minister discussed several financial matters of the state with Sitharaman. The Chief Minister said that the state of Chhattisgarh has completed the target of 35 percent capital expenditure set by the Central Government in the first and second quarters. He said that the state of Chhattisgarh is called the rice bowl. Paddy is produced in abundance here. For the last two-three years, the state government has been urging to allow production of bio-ethanol from paddy. If the central government gives permission, then the state government can use the surplus paddy for making ethanol.

Baghel 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.

The Chief Minister told the Union Minister that preparations have been made by the State Government to make ethanol from paddy in the State. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has 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.

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Baghel said that the Food Ministry of the Government of India has given consent to take 61.65 lakh 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 mills and workers.

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