Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry launches “SAKSHAM campaign”

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The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has launched a month-long mass awareness campaign ‘SAKSHAM’.

About Saksham Campaign:

  • Saksham is a fuel conservation campaign. Petroleum Conservation Research Association(PCRA) organized it.
  • Aim: It will sensitize the masses about conservation and efficient use of petroleum products which will lead towards better health and environment.
  • Earlier this program was known as Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight, which was renamed as “Saksham (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav)” from 2017 onwards


  • The campaign aims to convince consumers to switch to cleaner fuels and bring in behavioural change to use fossil fuel intelligently. The campaign will include various pan-India activities such as cyclothon, farmer workshops, seminars, etc.
  • It has also spread awareness about 7 key drivers that collectively would help India move towards cleaner energy. The key drivers include:
    1. Moving towards a gas-based economy
    2. Cleaner use of fossil fuels
    3. Greater reliance on domestic sources to drive biofuels
    4. Achieving renewable targets with the set deadlines
    5. Increased use of electric vehicles to decarbonize mobility
    6. Increased use of cleaner fuels like Hydrogen and
    7. Digital innovation across all energy systems.

Read more about Saksham portal launched by TIFAC

About PCRA:

  • It is a registered non-profit society under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. It was set up in 1978.
  • Functions:
    • It is a national government agency, promoting energy efficiency in various sectors of the economy.
    • Furthermore, it helps the government in proposing policies and strategies for petroleum conservation. It aims at reducing the excessive dependence of the country on oil requirements.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Source: AIR

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