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-18) is going to be observed during 16.01.18 – 15.02.18 across the country.
Inaugural function of Oil & Gas Conservation Awareness Drive – सक्षम’18 was conducted at Jaydev bhavan, Bhubaneswar and the function was inaugurated by Hon’able Governor of Odisha: Dr.S C Jamir. In his Inaugural address, he has stressed upon the need to conserve petroleum products which not only saves money, but also the Environment. He stressed upon need of conservation of oil and gas as our country is not self dependent in case of petroleum products. 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.
State Level Co-ordinator, Shri Pritish Bharat, Chief General Manager, Indian Oil Corporation Limited on behalf of Oil Industry-Odisha, elaborated on the activities planned to create awareness about Oil and Gas Conservation in the state. 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.
Other dignitaries who spoke on the occasion were Shri Sanjay Pathak, Head – GAIL, Odisha, Shri D. Palit, State Head (Retail), BPCL, Shri D. K. Behura, Chief Regional manager, HPCL. Cinestars Shri Sabyasachi Mishra and Ms Archita Sahu were the special guests at the inaugural function. On this occasion, all the people including school children from various schools who attended the function took pledge to conserve Oil & Gas and propagate the message among other people.
Then Hon’able Governor of Odisha: Dr. S C Jamir flagged off the walkathon of school children carrying placards and banners of Oil & Gas Conservation.
Cinestars Shri Sabyasachi Mishra and Ms Archita Sahu flagged off the campaign van of Oil & Gas Conservation.
The Theme of सक्षम’18 is “Indhan Sanrakshan Ki Zimmedari, Jan Gan Ki Bhagidari” (ईंधन संरक्षण की ज़िम्मेदारी, जन गण की भागीदारी)