One of the largest technology mission undertaken by GOI is on Biodiesel.Under the demonstration project for cultivation of non-edible oil-bearing plants and tree for production of bio-diesel, the rural development ministry has released an amount of Rs 4,900 crore to the nine states identified under the project. These states are Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura and Assam.This allocation is for plantation of Jatropha curcas in 200,000 hectare forest land and 200,000 hectare non-forest wasteland over a period of five years. The allocation is also meant for technology development, technical support to growers through training, capacity building and other facilitating arrangements.
See news item at : http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=125318
A lucid presentation on bio diesel at : http://www.ficci.com/media-room/speeches-presentations/2005/nov/r&d/Tech4/mandal.ppt
and gaps on R&D at : http://www.nandinichemical.com/online_journal/feb06_nandini_chemical_journal.htm