The annual oil & gas conservation month Saksham (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav) kick-started at Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur on January 16 with Alun Hangsing, NCS, Secretary, Department of Food & Civil Supplies and Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs as the chief guest. Saksham (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav) is an annual flagship event of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India with active involvement of the Oil & Gas PSUs along with other stakeholders like State Governments, for creating focused attention on fuel conservation through people centric activities and to sensitize the masses about the conservation and efficient use of petroleum products leading to better health and environment.
During the year’s month long ‘Saksham-2018’ from January 16 to February 15, various interactive programs and activities are planned with the campaign on fuel conservation. The month long campaign aims to intensify efforts for making citizens especially school and college students aware about the conservation and effective utilization of petroleum products. For this, PCRA will carry out various student centric activities such as cycle expeditions, quiz and painting competitions, etc. In today programme, the welcome address was delivered by T. Dharmaveer Singh, Manager, Retail Sales, Tinsukia Divisional Office, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., while the keynote address was delivered by Deepak Kr. Pathak, Chief Divisional Retail Sales Manager, Tinsukia Divisional Office, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. Pathak dwelt at length about the importance of observing the conservation awareness month for creating the much needed awareness on fuel conservation especially in India. The Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav Pledge was administered by T. Dharamveer Singh to all the students, teachers and guests present on the occasion. The pledge was mainly undertaken to make the students shoulder the responsibility of a good citizen and endeavour to create awareness among the masses to avoid wasteful use of petroleum products. Speaking on the occasion, Alun Hangsing, NCS highlightedthe tremendous way in which India can bring about a change in terms of fuel conservation as India with a population of more than 1.3 billion people is presently one of the most highly populated countries in the world. He underscored the importance of taking up adequate responsibility to carry out fuel conservation at individual levels by conserving fuels like LPG and Petrol. Chairman of LFHSS, Andrew Ahoto while welcoming the gathering to the programme opined that the future generation will face trying times if fuel conservation is not undertaken in due earnestness. He advised the gathering to especially the students to be more scientific in their individual levels so that real conservation can take place.