SHILLONG, Jan 20: Along with the rest of the country, the Oil Industry in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas, the State Government, and the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) observed the Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF) 2012 in the city yesterday.
In the Gathering, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas awarded Meghalaya “Best Performance Improvement” in the Small states Category in lieu of promoting Oil and Gas conservation. The award was handed over to manager, IOC Ltd, SS Thangkhiew who represented on behalf of SLC, Meghalaya.
Speaking as a Chief Guest at the meeting, Parliamentary Secretary of Taxation, Lahkmen Rymbui, said that Petroleum Products being a non-renewable source will not last forever and because now India and specifically Meghalaya has an increasing trend of energy usage, inclined the individual to be more judicious and efficient in their energy consumption. He also said that all the people present in the gathering should be an ambassador to propagate this message of conservation.
Other present at the gathering were Principal Secretary, Food Civil Supply & Consumer Affairs and Guest of Honour, Principal Secretary P. W Ingty and State Level Coordinator(SLC) of Oil Industries for the state of Meghalaya cum Chief Divisional Retail Sales Manager, Samir Sinha , Guwahati Integrated Divisional office, Dignitaries, officials of the various departments of the State as well Central Govt., Housewives, students from various schools and colleges, Dealers and Distributors of the Oil Companies and the general public.
He said that various activities such as Drivers Training Programme, Energy Audits, Cooking clinics, LPG safety cum LPG saving Clinics as well as Seminars shall be conducted throughout the fortnight in the State of Meghalay as well as whole country to educate the masses about the importance and effiecient utilization of available energy resources. He also said that just a saving of 2% in petroleum products will translate into huge savings to the tune of thousands of crores for the nation.
Samir Sinha said that India’s domestic crude production was unable to meet the growing demand and the country is heavily dependent on imports which are almost 80% of the total requirement of our country thereby resulting in huge outgo of foreign exchange and as such a very high priority should be given for conservation and efficient usage of petroleum products.
The guest of honour P.W Ingty stressed the need to develop alternative energy sources through Research and Developmental by the oil companies. He also thanked the Oil Marketing Companies for organizing the fortnight.
The function was marked by a quiz competition where the winners were awarded with various prizes and a pledge by all present towards continuously striving to conserve petroleum products in all spheres of our activities so that supplies of these scarce resources last longer for the progress of the country.
OGCF is organized every year during the period of Jan 15 to 31 all over the country under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas and the Petroleum Conservation Research Association.