By Our Correspondent
BHUBANESWAR: SAKSHAM is a significant annual event which is organized jointly by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and Oil Industry under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India and guidelines of PCRA (petroleum Conservation research association) with sole purpose of bringing awareness among the people on need of Oil & Gas conservation and means to do it. During this period various activities are carried out in sectors like Transport, Industrial, Agriculture and Household to spread the message on Fuel Conservation.
During Aug- Oct’2017, PCRA with the support of Oil Industry conducted Essay, Painting & Quiz competitions on the theme of Fuel Conservation in schools across the country where 40.0 lakhs school children were participated.
Recognizing its importance, the Ministry of Petroleum decided to conduct this drive every year for a month. This year संरक्षण क्षमता महोत्सव (सक्षम-20) is going to be observed during 16.01.2020 – 15.02.2020 across the country.
Inaugural function of Oil & Gas Conservation Awareness Drive – सक्षम’20 was conducted at IDCOL Auditorium, Bhubaneswar by Chief Guest Prof. Ganeshi Lal , Governor of Odisha. In his Inaugural address, he has stressed upon the need to conserve petroleum products at all costs as conservation and efficient use of petroleum products will lead to better health and environment protection and protection to national economy.
He stressed upon the point that from present rate of use, it can be said that of petroleum products will hardly last for the next few decades. So, Oil industries along with PCRA should organize such programme in a bigger way for the noble cause to create awareness among all sectors of people about the importance of Oil and Gas conservation.
During this one month, Oil Industries, jointly with Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), will conduct training programs for Drivers on better driving habits to save fuel. Workshops will be conducted for house wives on better cooking habits to save LPG. Across the state, Quiz, debate and painting competitions will be organized in schools and colleges to emphasize upon the importance of conservation. Mass awareness programmes will be conducted in Agriculture & Industrial sectors, too.
Debi Prasad Satpathy, GM (HR-CSR), OSO, Indian Oil Corporation Limited on behalf of Oil Industry-Odisha, in his welcome address, elaborated on the activities planned to create awareness about Oil and Gas Conservation in the state.
Other dignitaries, A.D.Jamjute, GM (Lubes), OSO, Abhayankar, DGM (RS), HPCL, Raj Raina, BPCL, Ch. Manager-Retail (Business Plan), Arun Kumar Bothra, IPS, CMD, OSRTS & Transport Commissioner, and P.K.Panda, Additional Director, PCRA shared the dais at the inaugural function. On this occasion, all the people who attended the function took pledge to conserve Oil & Gas.
Prof. Ganeshi Lal flagged off the Oil & Gas Conservation Van which will be moving to all the 30 districts of Odisha to propagate the message of Oil & Gas Conservation among people of Odisha.
The Theme of सक्षम’20 is “Indhan Adhik Na Khapayein, Aao Paryavaran Bachayein” (ईंधन अधिक न खपाएं , आओ पर्यावरण बचाएं).