Amid outrage over hunger, Surplus Rice will be used for Hand Sanitizers

Dark clouds loomed large over India as the number of coronavirus cases is exponentially increasing. In India alone, the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 18,900 so far, while at least 603 people have died in the country from the infection.

The novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China has put the entire world in a lockdown. Meantime, the central government is going to convert “surplus rice” available with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) into ethanol to make hand-sanitizers.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, millions of people across the country are searching for hand sanitizers to protect themselves from being infected with the virus. The Indian government is making all possible efforts to bring the deadly virus under control. Now taking into accounts all suggestions, the government will use excess rice for preparing sanitizers.

The decision was taken during a National Biofuel Coordination Committee (NBCC) meeting chaired by Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan. India has been seeing the shortage of sanitisers since the coronavirus pandemic.

“A meeting of NBCC was held today under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, wherein it was approved that the surplus rice available with Food Corporation of India (FCI) may be converted to ethanol for utilization in making alcohol-based hand-sanitizers and in blending for Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme,” the government said in a press release.

The government on Monday gave its approval for converting the surplus rice available with Food Corporation of India (FCI) into ethanol in order to manufacture alcohol-based hand sanitizers and also for blending with petrol.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, took a dig at the government over its move that surplus rice would be transformed into ethanol to make sanitizers and asked the poor of the country as to when will they wake up.

Dharam Sikarwar
Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.