The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved the Energy from Urban, Industrial and Agricultural Waste/Residue programme for the plan period 2017-20. Under the programme, the government will provide a central financial assistance (CFA) of Rs 780 million for biogas, bio-CNG, enriched biogas and biomass gasifier projects up to 2019-20. The amount of capital subsidy per project will be capped at Rs 100 million. The state nodal agencies will receive 1 per cent of the eligible CFA (capped at Rs 500,000) for developing and monitoring the project even after its commissioning. In addition, financial support will be provided for research and development projects, setting up of test centres, technology upgradation, and performance evaluation of institutions and industries. To avoid project cancellation and claim the CFA, the waste-to-energy and biomass gasifier projects must be commissioned within a period of 24 months and 12 months respectively.