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Odisha Oil industries observed World Biofuel Day

Bhubaneswar:10/8/19; The oil industries on Saturday observed World Biofuel Day to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the government in the Biofuel sector.

The World Biofuel Day is being observed by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas for the last four years. This year the theme of the World Biofuel Day is “Production of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil (UCO)”.

Padma  Vibhushan Raghunath  Mohapatra graced the occasion in presence of State Level Coordinator (Oil Industry) Subhajit Ghosh, Chief General Manager (CGM) Indian Oil,  Praveena  Kala  CGM SBI Odisha,  Dinabandhu  Soren CGM GAIL,  Abhaynkar  Dash Deputy General Manager HPCL.

Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas organized World Biofuel Day at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the programme in presence of Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Biofuels have the benefits of reduction of import dependence, cleaner environment, additional income to farmers and employment generation.  Biofuel programme also compliments the Government of India’s initiatives for Make in India, Swachh Bharat and increasing farmers income.

A number of initiatives have been undertaken to increase production and blending of biofuels since 2014.

In India, the same cooking oil is used for repeated frying which adversely affects the health due to formation of polar compounds during frying.

These polar compounds are associated with diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, liver diseases among others. UCO is either not discarded at all or disposed off in an environmentally hazardous manner choking drains and sewerage systems.

The National Policy on Biofuels, released by the Government of India in 2018, envisages production of Biofuel from UCO. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is implementing a strategy to divert UCO from the food value chain and curb current illegal usage.

The benefits of transformation of UCO will help bring health benefits as there would be no recycling of the UCO, employment generation, infrastructural investment in rural areas & cleaner environment with reduced carbon footprint.

 

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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