Direct sale of bio-diesel by manufacturers/suppliers other than OMCs




Direct sale of bio-diesel by manufacturers/suppliers other than OMCs 


The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for amending the Motor Spirit (MS) and High Speed Diesel (HSD) control order for Regulation of Supply, Distribution and Prevention of Malpractices dated 19.12.2005. The amendment will allow private biodiesel manufacturers, their authorised dealers and Joint Ventures (JVs) of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) authorized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoP&NG) as dealers and give marketing/ distribution functions to them for the limited purpose of supply of bio-diesel to consumers. Further, the investment and production conditions (as applicable) specified in the Marketing Resolution dated 08.03.2002 of MoP&NG will also be relaxed and a new clause added to give marketing rights for Bio-diesel (B100) to the private biodiesel manufacturers, their authorised dealers and JVs of OMCs authorized by the MoP&NG for direct sales to consumers. 

The Cabinet has also decided to suitably amend Para 5.11 and 5.12 of the National Policy on Bio-fuels for facilitating consumers of diesel in procuring bio-diesel directly from private bio-diesel manufacturers, their authorized dealers and JVs of OMCs authorized by the MoP&NG. This decision will encourage the production and use of bio-diesel in the country. 

Background MoP&NG announced a Bio-diesel Purchase Policy, effective from 1.1.2006, to encourage production of bio-diesel in the country for blending it with diesel with the objective of increasing energy security and meeting other emission and environment objectives. Under this Policy, OMCs are to buy Bio-diesel (B100), meeting fuel quality standard prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), at a uniform price, as decided by the OMCs from time to time, for blending with HSD to the extent of five percent, at identified purchase centres across the country. 

PSU OMCs under the MoP&NG have been actively pursuing the bio-diesel programme and entered into MoUs and formed JVs for cultivation of bio-fuels species on revenue wasteland and degraded lands in the State. These JV companies have been formed with the objective of increasing production and marketing of Bio-diesel in the country. They have sought permission to undertake activities like sourcing, trading, supply, distribution, marketing etc. of Bio-diesel to consumers. 

As the price of diesel is already deregulated and determined by the market, there is no economic justification in preventing private biodiesel manufacturers, their authorised dealers and JVs of OMCs authorized by the MoP&NG from selling biodiesel directly to consumers subject to their product meeting prescribed BIS standards. 

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Conduct of FM Phase-Ill auctions and migration (renewal) of Private FM Radio licenses from Phase-II to Phase-Ill 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for conduct of FM Phase-Ill auctions and migration (renewal) of Private FM Radio licenses from Phase-II to Phase-Ill in 69 existing cities for 135 channels. This will be on an ascending e-auction basis. Approval was also given to migration (renewal) of private FM Radio licenses from Phase-II to Phase-Ill on payment of migration fee according to TRAI recommendations. 

As of now, with the implementation of two phases of private FM Radio, namely Phase I (1999-2000) and Phase II (2005-06), there are 243 private FM channels in operation in 86 cities of the country, spanning 26 States and 3 Union Territories. 

The auction process will add an estimated revenue of over Rs. 550 crore to the National Exchequer on successful auctions of all proposed channels. Besides, it will beget the amount realized through the migration process which is dependent on the TRAI recommended formula, where migration fee is linked with the discovery of market prices through the FM Radio Phase III auction. 

Roll out of the first batch of FM Radio Phase III auction will provide more channels to listeners with richer content in 69 existing cities. 

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Revision of buffer norms of foodgrains in the Central Pool 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to revise the buffer norms of foodgrains in the Central Pool as follows:

(in million tonnes)

As on
Existing since April, 2005
Revised
1st April
21.2
21.04
1st July
31.9
41.12
1st Oct
21.2
30.77
1st Jan
25.0
21.41

The CCEA has also approved that in case the stock of foodgrains in the Central Pool is more than the revised buffer norms, the Department of Food and Public Distribution will offload excess stock in the domestic market through open sale or through exports.  For this purpose an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) consisting of Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution, Secretary, Expenditure and Secretary, Consumer Affairs has been constituted. This will ensure better management of food stocks in the country.  

Background:

The present buffer norms for foodgrains in the Central Pool are in existence since April, 2005.  The offtake of foodgrains under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) has increased significantly in the last few years.   Further, the National Food Security Act has also come into force w.e.f. 5.7.2013.

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Determination of Fair and Remunerative Price payable by sugar mills for 2015-16 sugar season 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Fair and Remunerative price of sugarcane payable by sugar mills for the 2015-16 sugar season to be fixed at Rs.230/- per quintal. This will be linked to a basic recovery rate of 9.5 percent, subject to a premium of Rs.2.42 per quintal for every 0.1 percentage point increase in recovery above that level. 

This decision will ensure a guaranteed price to cane growers. 

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Shri Harishankar Bramha takes over as new CEC 

Nationwide launch of Electronic Roll Management System on 25th january : Sh Bramha 

Shri Harishankar Bramha has assumed charge as the 19th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) succeeding Shri V.S. Sampath here today. Shri V.S. Sampath laid off his office yesterday after completing his tenure. 

Prior to this, Shri Bramha has served as Election Commissioner since 25th August, 2010. Belonging to the 1975 batch (AP Cadre) of Indian Administrative Service, Shri Bramha served as Secretary in Ministry of Power before joining the Election Commission. Born on 19th April, 1950, he completed his Post Graduation in Political Science from Guwahati University (Assam) and graduated from St. Edmund’s College, Shillong. He did his schooling from Don Bosco School, Guwahati. He has held various senior level posts in the Government of India and State Government prior to the present posting. 

Elucidating his priorities after taking over as new CEC, Shri Bramha said that it will be his personal endeavor to use the latest technologies to improve the quality of election management, wherein he announced that on 25th January, which is celebrated as National Voters’ Day, the ECI will launch nationwide Electronic Roll Management System (ERMS), which will provide country wide voters list and enable voters to see their details. 

Shri Bramha also stated that the Commission will prepare the ground work for extending the voting rights to the NRI voters following the directions of the Supreme Court. 

The full text of Sh. Bramha Statement on assumption of charge is as follows: 

“Friends, indeed I am humbled and honored with the great opportunity and responsibility entrusted to me by our Government and my country. It will be my endeavor to ensure that we maintain the dignity and image of this organization. I am very proud to say that Election Commission of India has established the gold standards in election management of our great country. It will be our endeavor to ensure that we improve upon it everyday and every year. My first priority and mission objective is to ensure that we conduct the election to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in absolutely free and fair manner. Our long term goal at the Election Commission of India, which I visualize, is to “deliver excellence”. In other words, every aspects of our activity, we shall try to exhibit excellence in our work in every field. 

Secondly, to improve quality, transparency and speed, it will be my personal endeavor to use the latest technology both internet and digital technology to improve the quality of our election management, especially in voting.” 

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Union Ministers to tour North-East every fortnight 

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, attended a meeting among others by Shri Ananth Kumar, Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs and senior officers of the Ministry of DoNER to finalize the roster for the tour of various Ministers to the North-East. Eight Union Ministers will tour North-East every fortnight, including Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State with Independent Charge and Ministers of State. 

These tour programmes, Dr Jitendra Singh said, had been planned on the directions of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who is keen for a special focus on Northeast. During these tours, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the visiting Minister will take a review of the works related to his/her Department and also participate in important events taking place in the region. 

At today’s meeting, it was also decided that in order to ensure maximum utility of the tour by Union Ministers, on the one hand the North Eastern Council (NEC) with its headquarters at Shillong will coordinate, on the other hand, the DoNER Ministry will also fix responsibility of its officers stationed at Guwahati to maintain liaison with the visiting Ministers since Guwahati is the first airport at which dignitaries are expected to land for undertaking further tours in the region. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh further informed that during the first fortnight from 1st to 15th January, among others, Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports and Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs undertook tour of the States of Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam and Nagaland. In the second fortnight of January, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Mines and Steel, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Law and Justice, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation and Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture are likely to undertake similar tours to eight Northeast States. 

Dr Jitendra Singh stated that Shri Ananth Kumar, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Sushri Uma Bharati, Minister of Water Resources, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment and Dr. Najma Heptulla, Minister of Minority Affairs will be requested to undertake similar tours during the first fortnight of next month. Among the Ministers of States with Independent Charge and Ministers of States, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State (I/C) for Planning, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways and Shri P. Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping are also being requested to undertake tours during the month of February. 

Dr Jitendra Singh informed that he himself will be travelling to one of the eight Northeast States at least once in a month. 

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