Ethanol blend target met 5 months ahead of deadline: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed on Sunday that India had met the target of 10% ethanol blended in gasoline five months ahead of the deadline. Speaking at the ‘Save Soil Movement’ programme, which coincided with World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cited his government’s measures to protect nature, saying India is making many efforts for environmental conservation, even though India’s contributions to carbon emissions are negligible.

Prime Minister Modi said that the various campaigns launched by the Center as part of India’s multifaceted efforts are contributing to environmental conservation.

“Many government programs carry the message of environmental conservation. Be it Swachh Bharat Mission, Namai Ganges or One Sun, One Grid. India’s efforts are multifaceted. Developed countries are responsible for the greatest emissions carbon,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister further emphasized the importance of “soil health maps” in changing the mindset of farmers. He said a huge campaign was started to give soil health cards to farmers across the country when they were unaware of soil health.

“In this year’s budget, we announced that natural agriculture along the Ganges River corridor will be encouraged. In March, we launched the 13-river rejuvenation project. This will also help increase forest cover by more of 7,400 km²”, he added.

“The biodiversity and wildlife related policies that India is following today have also led to a record increase in wildlife. Today India has reached 10% ethanol in gasoline five months ahead of his goal,” he added.

The movement was started by Sadhguru in March 2022, who embarked on a 100-day motorcycle journey crossing 27 countries. June 5 marks day 75 of the 100-day journey.

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