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Raipur (the states. news)Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today attended the virtual meeting of Chief Ministers from all the states of the country, chaired by Union Finance Minister Dr Nirmala Sitaraman, from his residence office. Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Mr. Bhupesh Baghel discussed various financial matters of the state with the Union Finance Minister. Chief Minister said Chhattisgarh has completed the target of 35% capital expenditure set by the Central Government in the first and second quarters. He said that Chhattisgarh state is known as the ‘rice bowl’, where paddy is produced in abundance. Chief Minister said that for the last two-three years, Chhattisgarh Government has been requesting for the permission to produce bio-ethanol from surplus paddy.Chief Minister said that production of bio-ethanol from surplus paddy would benefit the state and the farmers, and it would also save the foreign exchange spent by Government of India on import of petroleum products.

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel told the Union Finance Minister that Chhattisgarh Government has made all the preparations to manufacture ethanol from paddy in the state. MoUs have also been signed with 12 companies for setting up bio-ethanol plant. He also informed that the state has got the permission to produce ethanol from sugarcane and maize. He requested the Union Finance Minister to get permission for Chhattisgarh to manufacture ethanol from paddy. Chief Minister said that the Food Ministry of Government of India has given consent to take 61.65 lakh metric tonnes of rice from Chhattisgarh in year 2021-22. But the decision of Central Government to not take Usna rice from Chhattisgarh is not in the interest of the state, its millers and workers. He said that there are about 500 Usna mills in the state with a production capacity of 5 lakh metric tons per month. This decision of Central Government would shut down these mills, leaving the labourers here unemployed. Chief Minister said that Centre has been taking Usna rice from the state in the past. He requested Union Finance Minister to reconsider the said decision of the Central Government. (For Hindi News : mediasaheb.com)

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