Government Launches PARIVESH on World Biofuel Day
Celebrating World Biofuel Day on August 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched "Pro Active and Responsive facilitation by Interactive and Virtuous Environmental Single Window Hub (PARIVESH)" and unveils a booklet on National Policy on Biofuels 2018. The day has been observed since 2015 to spread awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fuels and highlight various efforts made by the Government in the biofuel sector.

Several dignitaries graced the launch to include Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, and Water Resources; Shri Ramvilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, and Environment, and Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship were present .

The day reaffirms the Government's commitment to increase farmers' income and improve the environment. Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan assured that several steps have been taken have been taken to improve the supply of ethanol for the blending programme, which has resulted in supplies jumping from 38 crore litres in 2013-14 to about 141 crore litres in the ongoing season.

The Government notified that the new National Policy on Biofuels-2018 envisages a target of 20 percent blending of ethanol in petrol by 2030. The policy has thus widened the scope of raw material for ethanol procurement.