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Ministry nodal agency for development of bio-diesel

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Rural Development has been
made the nodal agency for development of bio-diesel in
the country.

A broad-based consultation meeting with the
institutions, who are already working in the field of
cultivation of bio-diesel plants like Jatropa such as
financial institutions, experts and NGOs is likely to
be organised in October-November 2005, an offici al
release on Saturday said.

Keeping in view India's dependence for oil on other
countries, the ministry has emphasised that Jatropa
plantation should be taken up in a big way while other
bio-diesel plants such as Pingomia should also be
promoted, the release said.

The Government has decided to take up preparation of
nurseries so that there are enough plants next year.
The ministry has also sanctioned a special project of
Rs 12 crore for cultivation of Jatropa in Uttaranchal,
it said.

The allocation for bio-diesel project for the current
year is Rs 50 crore, it said.

The tentative cost of the project, which is under
consideration by the Planning Commission, is Rs 2,000
crore for coverage of two lakh hectares of forestland
and two lakh hectares of non-forest wasteland, it

The States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar,
Chattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttaranchal,
Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka
have so far been suggested to take up Jatropa
plantation in a big way in forest and non-forest
lands. - P TI