To create awareness among the general public about the need for judicious use and conservation of petroleum products and help protect the environment, oil industry under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), is organizing an Oil & Gas Conservation Month (16 January – 15 February, 2018). The campaign - 'Saksham 2018' (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav) was inaugurated today by V P Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of UT Chandigarh, at a colourful function in Chandigarh on 16 January.


Governor appreciated  the efforts of PSU oil and gas companies in spreading the message of conservation of precious petroleum products. He further stressed upon the need for conservation of natural resources and thereby environment to ensure a better future for the coming generations. He mentioned that conservation does not mean stopping use of oil and gas but avoiding wastage. By adopting simple tips in our day to day life, one can achieve judicious utilization of available resources. He further added that every citizen of the society has the responsibility to contribute to this national cause so that our children have a better living environment.


Earlier, Mr. Sandeep Jain, the State Level Coordinator for Oil Industry in Punjab and Chief General Manager, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Punjab, J&K, H.P and Chandigarh, outlined the various activities carried out by oil industry towards oil and gas conservation in association with PCRA. He highlighted the constant endeavours of the oil companies in improving the quality of fuels, lubricating oils thereby enabling the Indian consumer to save fuel and the environment by reducing fuel emissions. Oil companies are also actively engaged and are investing in renewable and cleaner sources of energy like bio-fuels, wind energy, solar energy etc.


Mr Parimal Rai, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator of UT Chandigarh was the guest of honour on the occasion. A mobile van, which will travel across the length of the state of Punjab with conservation messages and relevant literature was flagged off by the Hon’ble Governor on the occasion.


Also, Balloons with conservation messages were released to mark the inauguration of the activities of the awareness month towards this noble cause. School children performed various cultural programs based on the theme of oil and gas conservation.


It is noteworthy that Saksham 2018 (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav) is being observed by Oil Industry across the country from 16th January to 15th February, 2018. Various activities with the theme “Indhan Sanrakshan Kee Zimmedaari, Jan Gan Kee Bagheedaari” are planned for Housewives, School Children, Drivers, Mechanics, Industrial and Agricultural users as well as general public. Mass Awareness campaigns are being organized by PSU Oil Companies in Punjab during the month. 


Later, the Governor, along with Mr Parimal Rai, IAS, and Mr Sandeep Jain, CGM, Indian Oil, inaugurated a new CNG facility in Sector 17, Chandigarh.