Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas Current Affairs - 2020

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32nd interaction of PRAGATI held: Rs 24,000 crores worth projects discussed

On 22 January, 2020, PM Modi chaired the 32nd PRAGATI meet. Under the Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, the Prime Minister reviewed projects that are being implemented by the union government and their progress.

Highlights

The Prime Minister discussed 24 projects that were of worth Rs 24,000 crores at the meet. The projects were spread over 9 states namely Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Kerala. It included three projects from Ministry of Railways, one from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and five from Ministtry of Road Transport.

Also, the projects under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana were discussed

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Tracking System (CCTNS)

The CCTNS was established in 2009 to create comprehensive and integrated system for effective e-governance. It will interconnect 15,000 police stations and digitize data related to FIR registrations. This aids in developing developing a national database of criminals and crimes.

Previous PRGATI outcomes

At the 31st PRAGATI interactions, projects worth 12 lakh crores were reviewed. It also discussed grievances of Indian citizens working abroad, Aspirational District Programme, National Agricultural Market and infrastructural development programmes. Around 9 projects that were of 61,000 crores of rupees were taken up for discussion. It included Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir as well.

PRAGATI

PRAGATI was launched by PM Modi in March 2015. It is an interactive platform to address grievances of common people. The issues faced by the implementing agencies are uploaded in the platform on third Wednesday every month.

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GoI launches Saksham, a mega campaign on fuel conservation

The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) operating under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas will launch fuel conservation campaign on January 16, 2020.

Highlights

The campaign will create awareness among public about fuel conservation. PCRA has been conducting Saksham campaigns in different parts of the country. This year, the campaign will create awareness about the following

  • PCRA has developed energy efficient burners for gas stoves.
  • It will provide messages on “Pollution ka Solution”.
  • In collaboration with NCERT, PCRA has prepared a comic book on the theme, “Fuel Conservation”. The books are to be distributed at the campaigns. The books are also available in E-Pathshala.

Previous Achievements of PCRA campaigns

The most successful Saksha campaign of PCRA was recently conducted on switching off of engines at red light in traffic signals. This helped to reduce fuel losses by 22% before and after the campaign.

PCRA

PCRA is engaged in promotion of energy efficient programmes in different sectors of the country. It sponsors R&D activities to develop fuel efficient equipment. The major aim of the agency is to make oil conservation a national movement.

PCRA is a Government think tank that proposes strategies and policies on petroleum conservation and environment protection. This is to reduce the country’s dependence on oil.

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