Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the World Environment Day event, jointly organized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change today through a video conference. During the event, the PM interacted with farmers.
The Prime Minister released the “Report of the Expert Committee on Road Map for ethanol blending in India 2020-2025”. He also launched the ambitious E-100 pilot project in Pune for the production and distribution of ethanol across the country. This year the theme for the event is ‘promotion of biofuels for a better environment’. Union Cabinet Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Singh Tomar, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, and Dharmendra Pradhan were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said that India has taken another leap by releasing a detailed roadmap for the development of the ethanol sector on the occasion of World Environment Day. He said that ethanol has become one of the major priorities of 21st century India. He added that the focus on ethanol is having a better impact on the environment as well as on the lives of farmers. He said that the Government has resolved to meet the target of 20% ethanol blending in petrol by 2025. Earlier the resolve was to achieve the target by 2030 which is now rescheduled by 5 years.
The Prime Minister remarked that 21st century India can get energy only from modern thinking and modern policies. With this thinking, the government is continuously taking policy decisions in every field. He stated that a lot of emphasis is being laid on building the necessary infrastructure for the production and purchase of ethanol in the country. Modern technology-based plants are also being built in the country to make ethanol from agricultural waste.
Prime Minister Modi said that India is a strong proponent of climate justice and is moving ahead with a lofty global vision like the founding of the International Solar Alliance for realizing the vision of One Sun, One World, One Grid, and the coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure initiative. He noted, India has been included in the top 10 countries of the world in the ‘Climate Change Performance Index.’ He added that India is also aware of the challenges and issues that are being faced due to climate change and is working actively to address them.
The Prime Minister stated that the country has taken historic steps with a soft approach, today the common man of the country has joined and led the pro-environment campaigns like avoiding single-use plastic, beach cleaning, or Swachh Bharat.
He added that the impact of giving over 37 crores LED bulbs and more than 23 lakh energy-efficient fans is not discussed often. Similarly, he added that by providing free gas connections under the Ujjwala scheme, by providing electricity connections under the Saubhagya scheme, to crores of poor, their reliance on wood has considerably reduced. Apart from reducing pollution, it has also helped a lot in improving health and reduction of poverty.
Economy and Ecology both can go together
PM Modi said, ”India is setting an example to the world that it is not necessary to stop development for protecting the environment.” He stressed that economy and ecology both can go together and move forward and this is the path India has chosen. He said along with strengthening the economy, our forests have also increased by 15 thousand square kilometers in the last few years. The number of Tigers in our country have also doubled and the number of leopards have increased by 60 % in the last few years.
The Prime Minister said Clean and Efficient Energy Systems, resilient urban infrastructure, and planned eco-restoration are very important parts of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat Campaign.
Through the Jal Jeevan Mission, he added, work is being done with a comprehensive approach, from creation and conservation to the utilization of water resources in the country. On the one hand, every household is being linked to pipes, while on the other hand, efforts such as the Atal Bhujal Yojana and Catch the Rain are focusing on boosting groundwater levels.
Kachra to Kanchan campaign
The Prime Minister announced that the administration has identified 11 sectors that can make efficient use of resources by recycling them through modern technology. He said a lot of work has been done on the Kachra to Kanchan campaign and now it is being taken forward very fast in mission mode.
He said that we will be able to give a safe environment to our coming generations only when every citizen of the country makes a united effort to maintain the balance of water, air, and land.