The first meeting of the newly formed Integrated Monitoring and Advisory Council (IMAC) was held in New Delhi. It was chaired by Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.
IMAC is an inter-ministry monitoring and advisory body for policy formulation and implementation of ‘Roadmap to achieve target of 10% reduction in import dependency in oil and gas by 2021-22.
Key Highlights of 1st IMAC meeting
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas highlighted major policy initiatives undertaken in recent past to enhance domestic production of oil and gas. It includes measures like resource re-assessment, Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP), National Data Repository (NDR), Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP), Discovered Small Field Policy, tapping unconventional sources such as Shale Gas and Coal Bed Methane (CBM), enhancing production of bio-diesel and increased use of PNG and LPG.
Officials of other ministries also explained policies, schemes and projects taken towards augmenting the supply of energy, energy saving and demand substitution/reduction through alternate modes. Ministry of Road, Transport and Highway highlighted measures undertaken such as e-tolling to cut waiting time at toll plazas and notification of fuel efficiency norms for LCV. Ministry of Rural Development stressed upon its bio-fuel scheme for rural sector.
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) elaborated on energy generation through renewable sources such as solar and wind power and their future strategy in this regard. Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) pointed out measures for industrial and transport sectors.
It stressed on the importance of concerted and coordinated efforts for promoting conservation and energy efficiency, exploring opportunities for oil demand substitution and tapping the potential of bio-fuels in more aggressive and synchronised manner.
IMAC has been envisaged to facilitate better coordination and comprehensive strategy for all energy resources by focusing on supply and demand side management. It consists of Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas and officers from ministries of new and renewable energy (MRNE), road and transport, agriculture, urban development, power, rural development and finance.
Note: The target to cut India’s reliance on imports for meeting its oil needs by 10% to 67% by 2022 was set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2015 during Urja Sangam.