Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar today stressed the need to tap renewable energy as alternate sources of energy to the maximum in view of the growing concern about depletion of fossil fuel.
He was speaking at the inaugural function of State Level Painting competition held today at Lamyanba Shanglen organised as a part of World Bio-Fuel Day observance to be held on August 10 .
Deputy Chief Minister said, as the fossil fuel deposits in the world have been exhausting at a faster rate, now is the time to tap alternate sources of energy mostly renewable energy and bio-fuels to meet the growing demand of energy in the world .
He said, bio-fuels have a major role and therefore, attention have to be drawn for all the concerned in the area.
Although, there have been adequate sources of alternate energy in the State, tapping it still becomes a question to all .
Observing that the State has maximum potential to generate renewable energy, Deputy Chief Minister said adequate solar energy can be generated to sustain its uses as an alternate source of energy.
Wind energy can also be generated in large scale, he added .
Joykumar further said that younger generations should also be taught to know the potential and possibilities to generate renewable energy as an alternate source of energy in the State in view of the exhausting non-renewable energy especially for fossil fuel .
Professor Ph Ranjit Singh of Central Agricultural University, Imphal said Manipur is one of the bio-diversity hotspots in the world and it has a huge potential to develop bio-fuels .
Non-edible oil producing plants should be grown in the State so that bio-fuel can be developed as an alternate source of energy .
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in association with National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) Limited is organising a series of nation-wide events to create awareness about non-fossil fuels (Green Fuels) and it aims to bring into focus the various initiatives that the Ministry is undertaking in the country in the field of Bio Energy .
A cycle rally will also be organised tomorrow in Imphal .
100 students in category A (VIII-X) and 11 students in category B (XI-XII) participated in the painting competition.