New Delhi: Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), under the administrative control of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, has launched an annual one-month long fuel conservation mega campaign 'Saksham-2020' on Thursday. The campaign was inaugurated by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas's Secretary Dr MM Kutty in a function held in New Delhi, said a press release from the Petroleum Ministry.
While speaking on the occasion Dr Kutty emphasized the importance of petroleum products for our country and the dire need for actions leading towards fuel conservation. He said “Prosperity and higher living standards are driving energy demand in India. By mid-2020s India will be the world’s largest growth market accounting for 25 percent of global energy demand growth. Today 83 percent of India’s crude oil requirement is met through import.
The earnest efforts for petroleum conservation can help us to reduce the huge import burden. Every drop of oil saved will contribute to the saving of foreign exchange. We also require to address the issues of climate change. Through SAKSHAM we intend to deliver a strong message that sustainable future demands conservation of natural resources."
"Through SAKSHAM we intend to deliver a strong message that sustainable future demands conservation of natural resources" : Dr MM Kutty
On this occasion, the secretary also flagged-off the publicity vans of PCRA which shall visit different states covering the rural side as well, spreading messages about fuel conservation awareness through interactive audio, video creatives and print displays. During Saksham-2020, various interactive programs and activities are being planned by PCRA.
Public Sector upstream and downstream Oil & Gas companies under the guidance of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas are conducting various activities like 'Saksham' Cycle Day, Cyclothons, Workshops for drivers of commercial vehicles etc. 'Saksham' a flagship program of PCRA and Oil PSUs under the guidance of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is an initiative for adding values to the various efforts being made in the country for saving fuel.