Union Minister Rameswar Teli said increasing the blend of ethanol in fuel was key for the country’s energy security as it would help reduce the import of fuels.
Teli said oil and natural gas exploration will soon start in Meghalaya and other northeastern states, adding that the Union government is focusing on this to make India a self-reliant country in in terms of energy needs.
The Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas said work to meet the target of 10% ethanol blended in gasoline was well underway.
“Increasing the blend of ethanol in fuel is essential for the country’s energy security and it will help reduce fuel imports,” Teli said at an event in Shillong on Tuesday.
It will also encourage farmers to come forward to contribute to the supply of ethanol, helping them to increase their income, according to the minister.
Teli pointed out that gas pipelines would be laid in all the northeastern states and that every household would receive a direct gas connection, adding that the pipeline laying project would be executed by Indradhanush Gas Grid Ltd and work would start “very soon.” “. .
Teli, who is also Minister of State for Labor and Employment, is on a two-day visit to Meghalaya to review the status of implementation of central government-sponsored programs.
At the Shillong event, he distributed free GPL Ujjwala 2.0 connections and other Ministry of Labor programs to beneficiaries.
Teli said 62% of the Ujjwala program target had been achieved in the state, urging the government to match the national average of 90%.
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