Energy is catalyst of socio-economic change: Pradhan

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan addressing ISFL-2021 in New Delhi. (PIB)

New Delhi: Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan today said that energy is the catalyst of socio-economic change.

Speaking at the symposium on fuels and lubricants, he said that Investment of billions of dollars in the Oil and gas sector will bring in more job opportunities, leading to trickledown effect to drive Socio-economic growth. The sector will play an important role in double digit growth trajectory of the Indian economy, he added.

Pradhan said that India is the third largest consumer of fuel in the world but will soon reach the top as the per capita consumption in the country is on the rise. He said that the energy requirement for the future will be met through Cleaner, greener and sustainable sources, and for this, continuous R&D efforts are called for.

Talking about the policy reforms in this direction, he mentioned about the PMUY, Ethanol blending, Compressed Bio Gas, bio-diesel, Coal to Syn gas, and promoting LNG as a priority transport fuel. On policy side, concrete investment plan, clarity about future targets and robust implementation strategy are bringing in a new paradigm. He said that our industry is ready to meet not only availability of energy but also quality energy.

Pradhan said that we are embracing new heights in the energy vertical of the economic development. “The world is talking about sustainability. We have laid down sustainable pathways in our strategy to make energy cleaner, greener, more sustainable.

Pradhan also released a logo on the occasion of golden jubilee of Indian Oil’s R&D centre and a souvenir to mark the occasion.

The 3-day 12th International Symposium on Fuels and Lubricants (ISFL-2021) is being organized from March 15-17, 2021 on Hybrid platform by Indian Oil R&D Centre, in association with Society of Automotive Engineers of India (SAEINDIA). The theme of the symposium is “Emerging trends in Fuels and Lubricants – BS VI & Beyond”. ISFL series of symposia is a biennially held program that showcases progress and advancement of Indian fuels and lubricants industry and provides a common platform for sharing latest developments, exchange ideas and forging new business relationships. (PR)


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