IANS. The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh has called on India’s central government to formulate a national biodiesel policy. Chhattisgarh seeks to become the country’s first bio-fuel self-reliant state by 2015, and is looking to a national policy for support.
Chief Minister Raman Singh said a national bio-diesel policy was needed to help the economies of forest area populations and residents of under-developed regions by encouraging the cultivation of jatropha, a biodiesel feedstock.
In May, Raman Singh became the first head of a state government to use biodiesel for his official vehicle. The state government has been holding discussions with several private firms to set up bio-diesel plants in all the 16 districts.
Chhattisgharh has announced plans to plant 80 million jatropha seedlings this year.