Prime Minister’s Office:
Prime Minister Shri 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 a farmer from Pune who shared his experience of organic farming and use of biofuel in agriculture.
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.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘promotion of biofuels for a better environment’. Union Cabinet Ministers Shri Nitin Gadkari, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Shri Prakash Javadekar, Shri Piyush Goyal and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister 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 percent ethanol blending in petrol by 2025. Earlier the resolve was to achieve the target by 2030 which is now preponed by 5 years.
He added that till 2014, on an average, only 1.5 percent of ethanol could be blended in India which has now reached about 8.5 percent.
In 2013-14, about 38 crore liters of ethanol were purchased in the country which has now grown to more than 320 crore liters. He said that a large part of this eightfold increase in ethanol procurement has benefitted the sugarcane farmers of the country.
The Prime Minister remarked that the 21st century India can get energy only from the modern thinking and modern policies of the 21st century. With this thinking, the government is continuously taking policy decisions in every field. He said today, a lot of emphasis is being laid on building the necessary infrastructure for the production and purchase of ethanol in the country.
Most of the ethanol manufacturing units are mostly concentrated in 4-5 states where sugar production is high but now Food Grain Based Distilleries are being established to expand this to the whole country. Modern technology based plants are also being set up in the country to make ethanol from agricultural waste.
The Prime Minister said that India is a strong proponent of climate justice and is moving ahead with a lofty global vision like the founding of 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 that are being faced due to climate change and is also working actively.
The Prime Minister spoke about the hard and soft approaches taken to fight climate change. On the hard approach, he noted that our capacity for renewable energy has increased by more than 250 percent in the last 6-7 years. India is today among the top 5 countries of the world in terms of installed renewable energy capacity. Especially the capacity of solar energy has increased by about 15 times in the last 6 years.
The Prime Minister said Clean and Efficient Energy Systems, Resilient Urban Infrastructure and Planned Eco-Restoration are a very important part of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat Campaign. He said due to all the efforts taken related to the environment, new investment opportunities are being created in the country, lakhs of youth are also getting employment. He said India is working with a holistic approach through the National Clean Air Plan to curb air pollution. He said the work on waterways and multimodal connectivity will not only strengthen the mission of green transport, but also improve the logistics efficiency of the country. Today, the service of metro rail in the country has increased from 5 cities to 18 cities which has helped in reducing the use of personal vehicles.
The Prime Minister spoke about a project which is underway to develop Kevadiya as an electric vehicle city. He said necessary infrastructure is being made available so that only battery based buses, two-wheeler, four-wheeler will run in Kevadiya in future.
He said the water cycle is also directly related to climate change and imbalance in the water cycle will directly affect water security. He told that work is being done with a holistic approach from creation and conservation to use of water resources in the country through Jal Jeevan Mission. On one hand, every household is being connected with pipes, while on the other hand, the focus is on raising the ground water level through campaigns like Atal Bhujal Yojana and Catch the Rain.
The Prime Minister announced that the government has identified 11 sectors which can make good use of resources by recycling them through modern technology. He said a lot of work has been done in the last few years on the Kachra to Kanchan campaign and now it is being taken forward very fast in mission mode.
The action plan related to this, which will have all the regulatory and development related aspects, will be implemented in the coming months. He stressed that to protect the climate, it is very important to organize our efforts to protect the environment. He urged 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.
Green city is a solution for integrating environment into our daily lives. Amaravati was planned and founded to become a model sustainable green city.
Similarly, eco cities were planned across AP to integrate our lives and livelihoods with the environment
Reimagine our living spaces based on sustained eco cities; Recreate and integrate our livelihoods with eco cities; Restore our lives through eco cities.
A strong vision is required to plan and build green/eco cities like Amaravati.
Only with sustained green cities we can realise best living standards and create vibrant future for our children
P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:
Foreign exchange reserves cross USD 600 Billion
I remember the day when the RBI Governor told us that the reserves were down to 0.5 billion!
Which government implemented policies that led to the gradual building of forex reserves ?
The bhakt will say “not Congress” and other bhakts will believe him!
With 1,42,291 tests & 13,800 new cases in last 24 hours Karnataka’s positivity rate falls below 10% for the first time since April 15th.
25,346 recoveries were reported in the state in last 24 hours including 8,852 in Bengaluru.
NORKA Self Employment Scheme to rehabilitate pravasis who have lost their jobs. Rs. 1,000 Crore will be provided as loans at low interest rates. Rs. 25 Crore for interest subvention. Allocation for various pravasi welfare schemes enhanced to Rs. 170 Crore.
KSRTC’s 3,000 diesel buses will be converted to CNG, at an estimated expenditure of Rs. 300 Crore. Rs. 100 Crore allotted for current financial year.
Fuel efficient and eco-friendly electric two-three wheelers will be made available through loans of Rs. 200 Crore in FY ’21-22. It’ll benefit newspaper distributors, fish vendors, retailers, delivery personnel etc. Rs. 15 Crore for interest subvention.
It has been decided, after in-depth consultations, to cancel the Class XII (State Board) examinations in the interest of students
A committee is being set up to make recommendations on evaluating the academic performance of Students. Admission to higher education will be based on that score.
H D Kumaraswamy, Former CM, Karnataka :
It is a matter of concern for the farming community that there is an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) for cattle in the state now. Media reports have stated that even Ramanagara is one of the districts where this viral disease has been reported.
FMD is a serious disease as it can turn out to be fatal for the cattle. Also, it has the potential to reduce milk yield, fertility and cause chronic health problems for cattle. This will further deteriorate the financial condition of poor farmers.
The dairy farmers are in a tough situation already due to reduction in milk procurement prices and increase in cost of cattle feed. In such a situation, there is a fear that outbreak of FMD may turn dairy farming into a loss-making venture. This can upset the entire rural economy if preventive measures are not taken immediately as farmers are heavily dependent on animal husbandry for their livelihood.
Farmers are worried as there is shortage of vaccines for FMD even at the private medical shops. The government should immediately take measures to ensure supply of vaccines. The BJP government, which showed eagerness in bringing about the Anti-Cow Slaughter Act, appears to be not showing similar enthusiasm and commitment in handling the FMD.
Where is the Animal Husbandry Minister? Has he held any meetings on FMD? He is yet to respond though dairy farmers are gripped by the fear of the spreading of FMD.
All India Trinamool Congress:
Today, the All India Trinamool Congress takes a new step towards effective leadership.
Going forward, we shall be committed towards being a One Person One Post party.
Once again, our commitment to serve the people of India in the best way possible, remains top priority.
We extend our heartiest congratulations to Shri Abhishek Banerjee for being appointed as the All India Trinamool Congress General Secretary.
We continue to remain humbled by his remarkable work as the former Youth Wing President.
Abhishek Banerjee – National General Secretary, Trinamool Congress:
Humbled at the new role that Trinamool Congress has bestowed upon me. I thank every single soldier of the party who fought this battle shoulder to shoulder with me despite all odds and helped Bengal emerge victorious.
I assure all that I will leave no stone unturned towards the service of the people & take Mamata Banerjee’s message to every nook & corner in India in the days to come.
I bow to all the senior colleagues in the party who stood by the party & its values despite all odds.
Chaired the SDMA meet today to review the COVID19 situation in State.Pema Khandu, Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh
We are witnessing encouraging results of surveillance & containment measures undertaken so far. However, we must need to maintain Extreme Cautious.
Containment to be extended in Tawang & Upper Subansiri
Containment to be lifted from 7/6/2021 in ICC, L/Subansiri, Namsai, Lohit & Anjaw. The districts to be under micro containment measures as needed.
To prevent spread of infection, Vaccination in Urban areas must be only through online/offsite registration for 18+category.
On World Environment Day, CM Uddhav Thackeray ji, DCM Ajit Pawar ji, and RM Balasaheb Thorat ji attended the ‘Majhi Vasundhara Awards 2021. My heartfelt congratulations to all the winners of this year’s competition.Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt.
MVA is always striving to make environment a part of our lifestyle, not just a one-day commitment. In the last 1.5 years, the administration has taken several progressive decisions in the field of environmental conservation and will continue to do so in the future.
During the award ceremony, the CM launched ‘Majhi Vasundhara 2021-22’ and also unveiled a coffee table book, ‘Bio-Sentinels of Coastal Maharashtra’ prepared by the Forest Department.
This event was attended by Minister Hasan Mushrif ji, MoS Sanjay Bansode ji, Principal Secretary, Environment Manisha Mhaiskar Ji & other delegates.
During the fire at the Kasturbai Hospital in Chennai, where 36 infants were being treated, a brave nurse broke the window glass panes before the firefighters arrived and saved the lives of the children and mothers.
I invited the nurse Jayakumar to meet me in person and appreciated him!
Good, sensible & constructive call by Adhir Chowdhary PCC West Bengal, not to field any Congress candidate against Mamata Banerjee in bypoll.
Personally (& not as party spokesperson) I endorse it.
Left should follow suit. Unity against BJP tactics is need of hour.
Himanta Biswa, CM, Assam :
Coronavirus pandemic has taught us to be responsible towards our environment. Planting saplings is a firm step towards Ecosystem Restoration. On World Environment Day, pleased to have planted 11 Rudraksh saplings at Gandhi Mandap, Guwahati.
Govt has decided to upgrade Raimona Sanctuary in BTR to a National Park; work is also underway to give national park status to Dehing Patkai. Science & Technology Department of State Govt is being rechristened as Dept of Science, Technology and Climate Change, from today.
I urge youth to plant more trees and work towards protecting environment by embracing sustainable practices following ideals of Mahatma Gandhi. GDD Minister Ashok Singhal and other senior officers were present.
The government’s decision of cancelling exams for II PUC students should also apply for SSLC students as they are younger: HD Kumaraswamy
It is really insane on the part of the state government to hold SSLC exams while cancelling the II PUC exams in the wake of the prevailing COVID situation…
Government should immediately withdraw such an irrational decision. It should drop the stubborn stand that there will be no exams for II PUC students, but the SSLC students have to face exams for limited subjects.
The chief minister should reign in the education minister who is playing with the lives of children through such an irrational decision.
There should be a uniform system of exams for both the SSLC and PUC students. The government’s decision of cancelling exams for II PUC students should also apply for SSLC students as they are younger.
It is mainly due to the fear of the Prime Minister that II PU exams were cancelled. Is this learned person who is eager to hold exams for SSLC students an education minister or the examination minister who is testing the patience of parents and students.
The education minister is not only quiet on the issue of demand for covering teachers and students under priority vaccination, but also desists from saying anything about poor students who are in dire straits due to non availability of mid-day meal.
Let the education minister focus on making arrangements towards ensuring easy availability of seats in colleges for seven to eight lakh students who will pass out of SSLC.
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