ITANAGAR, June 2 - Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan assured support to promote bamboo cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh, which is now-a-days, is largely used for production of bio-fuel.
The assurance came when Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju met Pradhan on Thursday evening.
It�s worth mentioning that the bio-fuel refinery, first-of-its-kind in India, set up by Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) in Assam, will soon process bio-fuel from bamboo, which is found in abundance in Arunachal Pradesh. In this regard, the Arunachal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NRL for sourcing three lakh tonnes of bamboo from the state.
The Union Minister informed that only 5% of bamboo resources of the state are used for paper production, while around 80% of bamboo resources go in waste. We will tap it and the economy of bamboo farmers and the state would change,� he said.
He suggested establishing small processing units in the rural areas catering to a cluster of villages, which can be run by unemployed youths.
The Union Minister informed that the Ministry has come out with a Vision 2020 document that includes an intense roadmap for the North-east in oil and natural gas exploration, extension of production, distribution, research, etc. He requested both Khandu and Rijiju to go through the document and plan accordingly.
Highlighting the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), the Union Minister said that by the end of 2019 every household in Arunachal Pradesh will be provided with LPG connection under it. He requested the Chief Minister and Union Minister of State for Home to launch the scheme in the state and advised them to plan accordingly launching of the same at all district and block levels on a mission mode.