The 13th edition of  PETROTECH - 2019, India’s flagship hydrocarbon Conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra modi at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida in  Uttar Pradesh today.

In his inaugural address PM underlined the importance of energy as a key driver of socio-economic growth. “Suitably priced, stable and sustainable energy supply, is essential for rapid growth of the economy. It also helps the poor and deprived sections of society, to partake of economic benefits,” he added.

Stating that the there is a shift in energy consumption from West to East, PM said that United States has become the world’s largest oil and gas producer after the shale revolution. However there are signs of convergence, between cheaper renewable energy, technologies, and digital applications which may expedite the achievement of many sustainable development goals..

PM told that it is the need of the hour “ ...move to responsible pricing, which balances the interests of both the producer and consumer. We also need to move towards transparent and flexible markets for both oil and gas. Only then can we serve the energy needs of humanity in an optimal manner.”

Reminding the global community to join hands in tackling the challenge of climate change, he said targets we set for ourselves at COP-21 in Paris can be achieved. In this context, he mentioned that  India has made rapid strides in meeting its commitments..

PM  congratulated His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber for his contribution to the energy sector and vision for the future.  He said that Industry 4.0 will change the way industry operates, with new technology and processes. Our companies are adopting latest technologies to improve efficiency, increase safety and reduce costs, he added.

PM emphasized that people must have universal access to clean, affordable, sustainable and equitable supply of energy as he lamented that although,” we are entering an era of greater energy availability. But more than a billion people across the globe still do not have access to electricity. Many more do not have access to clean cooking fuel”. He added that India has taken a lead in addressing these issues of energy access..

He said that currently, India is the fastest growing large economy in the world and could be the second largest economy in the world by 2030 and also the third largest energy consumer in the world. With energy demand expected to more than double by 2040 and India remains attractive market for energy companies, he added.

PM recalled the last PETROTECH Conference in December 2016, where he mentioned about four pillars for India’s energy future - energy access, energy efficiency, energy sustainability and energy security. Energy justice is also a key objective and now  a top priority for India. He said, “Towards this end, we have developed and implemented many policies. The results of these efforts are now evident. Electricity has reached all our rural areas”, he added. PM  emphasized that energy justice can be done only when people believe in their collective power.  

Declaring that a ‘Blue Flame Revolution’ is under-way. LPG coverage has reached more than 90% percent, from 55% five years ago. “, PM said last five years have seen major reforms in India’s oil and gas sector. “ India today has the fourth largest refining capacity in the world. This will further grow by about 200 million metric tons by 2030.”, he added.

He noted that India is making rapid strides towards a gas based economy. Over sixteen thousand kilometres of gas pipeline has been constructed and an additional eleven thousand kilometers is under construction. The tenth bid round for City Gas Distribution cover over four hundred districts and extend coverage of City Gas Distribution to seventy percent of our population”,he added.

Leading lights from the oil and gas sector are attending PETROTECH 2019. Over the last quarter century, PETROTECH has served as a platform to discuss solutions to challenges faced in the energy sector.. PETROTECH provides the perfect setting to ponder over the future of the energy sector and provides the platform to reflect upon how global shifts, transitions, policies and new technologies will influence market stability and future investments in the sector.

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National Productivity Council (NPC), an autonomous registered society under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, NPC is celebrating its 61st Foundation Day on 12th February with the theme “Circular Economy for Productivity & Sustainability”. NPC observes foundation day as Productivity Day and the National Productivity Week from February 12-18, 2019.  

This year theme represents a unique opportunity for circular business model for Make à Use à Return. It presents an opportunity for long term economic prospects and regeneration of materials. Transitioning to an efficient circular economy will benefit industry and all stakeholders now and in future. The inaugural session will deliberate upon contribution of circular economy to the Government’s aim of sustainable economic growth.

At the national level function to be organised between 12th to 18th February, panel discussions by experts has been organized to deliberate on the challenges, benefits and outcomes from implementation of circular economy. It is envisaged that the session’s outcomes will be in terms of awareness and consciousness on the circular economy approaches.

Apart from celebration at New Delhi, the 13 Regional Directorate of NPC at Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar and Chandigarh will organise seminars, workshop in coordination with State Governments, State PSUs and Businesses. The 23 Local Productivity Councils spread across the country are also organizing workshops.

Ministries involved in production, trade, autonomous bodies, PSUs, apex institutions especially FICCI, industry associations have also been requested to observe productivity week in a befitting manner.

The circular economy follows the principle of preservation and enhancement of natural capital by controlling finite stocks and balancing renewable resource flows. The other principles suggest optimizing of resource yields by circulating products, components, and materials at their highest utility at all times, in both technical and biological cycles.

 

Circular economy has the potential to increase productivity and create jobs, whilst reducing carbon emissions and preserving valuable raw materials. It provides for a way of creating value. It works by extending product life span through improved design and servicing and relocating waste from the end of the supply chain to the beginning – in effect, using resources more efficiently by using them over and over. The challenge lies in building circular economy knowledge and capacity.

 

To integrate circular economy principle in strategy and process, NPC has been in forefront enhancing of such efforts in enhancing productivity. Through observation of this week, it aims at collaboration with business and policy makers so as Circular Economy opportunities can be highlighted.

 

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Union Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has called for expanding the supply and availability of energy in a safe and environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.In the Welcome session of the PETROTECH-2019, the 13th Edition of India’s flagship hydrocarbon Conference, today at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, he said thatsaid that Energy is integral to support the fast growing Indian economy and we are working to deliver energy justice to the poorest of the poor by adopting the four pillars visualized by Hon’ble Prime Minister NarendraModi that is Energy access, Energy efficiency, Energy sustainability and Energy security as our guiding principles.

Welcoming the ministers from abroad and other delegates, Shri Pradhan said that in the next three days, the recent changes that have taken place in the Indian hydrocarbon sector and how these are impacted by the prevailing global oil and gas dynamics, will be presented. He said PETROTECH will also serveas a platform to discuss solutions to the challenges that we face not only in India, but also in our respective countries, in delivering affordable, efficient, clean and assured energy supplies to all our citizens. The theme of this conference is - Shaping the New Energy World through Innovation and Collaboration’.

Shri Pradhan said that today India is the fastest growing economy in the world. The robust growth of India has been achieved through a series of policy reforms focused on improving India’s long-term economic and social prospects. With clear focus on investment friendly reforms initiatives and removal of policy bottlenecks, India has made remarkable jump in World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking from 142 in 2014 to 77th position in 2018.

Talking about thedramatic shift in energy sources and consumption in the world, Shri Pradhan pointed out that prominent global trends shaping up in this regard-Big shift in energy consumption from Europe to Asia, United States becoming the world’s largest oil and gas producer after the shale revolution, Solar energyemerging as a competitive and most sustainable energy alternative, Share of Natural Gas in the global energy mix rising, Convergence of cheaper renewable energy technologies, digital applications and the rising role of electricity forming the basis for achieving many of the world’s sustainable development goals, and Countries coming together to tackle climate change, including through global collaboration such as International Solar Alliance.

Shri Pradhan said that there is going to be a significant increase in the energy demand over the next 20 years and oil and gas are likely to remain prominent fuels in the global energy basket. However, given the increasing emission and CO2 levels globally, it is also important that we take care of challenges arising out of global warming.  This calls for expanding the supply and availability of energy in a safe and environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.

Shri Pradhan said Oil & Gas sector is a key contributor to India’s economy and accounted for almost 55% of our energy mix in 2017. India is the third largest consumer of crude oil and petroleum products globally, accounting for 4.5 % of world oil consumption. He said that several measures have been taken to overhaul the hydrocarbon policy framework to ensure energy security for the country while pursuing the green path to progress. India’s upstream sector is an important focus area in this respect. Several transformational policy reforms have been taken to revitalize the E&P ecosystem and establish a conducive business environment which would facilitate investments and boost domestic production. In this regard, he mentioned about the success of HELP, DSF policy, and OALP. He also talked aboutother policy reforms including marketing and pricing freedom for natural gas produced from deep and ultra-deep waters and High Pressure High Temperature areas, Coal Bed Methane, incentive for Enhanced Recovery for augmenting production of oil and gas from matured fields, exploration and exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbon from all fields. He said state-of-the-art National Data Repository has been set up to facilitate potential investors to take informed decisions based on the geo-scientific data of hydrocarbon resources in the country. 

Talking about the international cooperation in the sector, Sh Pradhan said that today, Indian Oil and Gas companies are present in 28 countries with investments worth approximately 38 billion US dollars. During last 3 years, Indian companies have acquired strategic stakes in overseas assets in UAE, Oman, Israel and Russia.  In downstream sector too, India has been able to attract global investments. Leading players like Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, Total and Shell are expanding their footprints in India’s energy space and looking to invest more in the Indian oil and gas market. Fuel retailing in India is also witnessing increased private sector participation.

The Minister said that in addition to the general development of the hydrocarbon industry, we have also focused on improving the ease of living of the common people by enhancing access to clean cooking fuel which we have called the Blue Flame Revolution. We introduced UJJWALA scheme, under which we targeted to provide LPG connections to 80 million households, out of which64million households have already been provided the LPG connections within a short span of three years.

Shri Pradhan said that we have been working to make India a gas based economy. We have over 16,000 km long gas pipeline network and additionally another 14,000 km gas pipelinesare under different stage of construction. We have embarked upon the ambitious projects such as 3200 KM long PrandhanMantriUrja Ganga Project and  1600 KM long Indradhanush Gas Grid  to connect eastern and north eastern parts of India with the National Gas Grid, The LNG infrastructure in the country is also being expanded rapidly. New LNG terminals are under construction on both the east and west coasts of the country. He said that clean-fuel based transportation has been given a major impetus.India is shifting directly from BS-IV to BS-VI standards for fuel from April 2020. The supply of BS VI quality fuel has already begun in national capital of Delhi from April 2018. Ethanol Blended Petrol Program is being implemented and National Biofuel Policy to promote alternate fuels has been introduced. The expansion of city gas distribution has been expedited in the country with 86 new geographical areas granted authorization in 2018 and bids for another 50 new areas are under evaluation for authorization.  In next few years, we expect 70% of India’s population and 53 % of the country’s area shall get covered with city gas distribution networks. LNG is being promoted as a transport fuel for long-haul trucking along expressways, industrial corridors and inside mining areas. Very soon, we will have LNG refuelling along some of our national highways.

Calling for continuous cooperation and collaboration with other countries to help maintain a stable oil and gas market globally, Shri Pradhan said thatIndia has had long standing trade relations with major oil and gas producers in the world. This relation, till recently, was only a buyer-seller relationship. Under the guidance of Prime MinisterModi, we have been able to convert our traditional buyer-seller engagements intostrategic partnerships through bilateral investments.

 The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan also inaugurated the Petrotech exhibition.

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Space Science experiments often demand development of new technologies. Some of the new developments made in the last three years are as listed below :

  • Development of highly polished optical mirrors - for a solar coronographic mission – Aditya-L1
  • Development of large, light-weight collimators with non-cylindrical aperture – for x-ray polarimetric applications – XpoSAT mission
  • Development of indigenous silicon sensors and coatings for optical and IR spectroscopic applications – for payloads on Chandrayaan-2 mission

 

A study committee constituted by ISRO to chart out the long-term program for space science exploration, has prepared a report outlining high priority missions to be taken up. These include followup missions to Mars, a new mission to Venus and a return to Moon with capability to return samples from extra-terrestrial sources.

Bilateral cooperations are often useful to maximise science returns from payloads due to a large dependency of complimentary information from multiple sensors on ground and in space. Hence these are encouraged on a case-by-case basis. There have been cooperative programs with Canadian Space Agency and UK universities on our astronomy satellite, ASTROSAT ; similar cooperation programs have been established in the past on Chandrayaan-1 mission with NASA and the European Space Agency.

Indian Space research Organisation through the programme called RESPOND (Sponsored Research) is encouraging academia to participate in the R & D activities. Respond programme provides support to research projects in wide range of topics in space technology, space science and applications to universities/ institutions. ISRO has also set up Space Technology Cells at various institutions like Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) - Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur & Madras; Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and with University of Pune (UoP) to carry out research activities. Some of the other recent initiatives for capacity building include setting up of Space Technology Incubation Centres (S-TIC) and Regional Academic Centres for Space (RAC-S).

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Expressing his concern over the unprecedented scale of environmental degradation and its drastic consequences, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu called upon all nations to collaborate and cooperate in an equally unparalleled manner to ensure sustainable development.

He said that inclusive development was central to sustainable development. It also encompasses sustainable agriculture; sustainable mobility solutions; sustainable urbanization; sustainable energy security and clean energy; sustainable waste management; sustainable efforts in wildlife conservation and sustainable green innovations.

Addressing the World Sustainable Development Summit 2019, organized by The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI, here today, Shri Naidu said that India’s traditional practices reflected a sustainable lifestyle and the Vedic philosophy of India always emphasized the undeniable connection that human beings share with nature.

The Vice President said that every individual must contribute to sustainable development, whether by turning the ignition off at long traffic stops or by recycling and composting or by cycling to work in congested cities.

Emphasizing the importance of judicious use of resources to save them for future generations, Shri Naidu said that one must realize that we are not inheritors but merely trustees of this earth.. It is our prime responsibility to pass it on to posterity in its pristine glory, he added.

The Vice President quoted the ancient Indian adage - “Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah”.  If you promote righteousness, it will protect you and if you protect the nature, it will protect you and nourish, if we don’t, we run the risk of perishing, he added. Shri Naidu further said that the earth is our mother and humanity should collectively rise above our trivial differences of race, religion, and power, and act in unison to save her.

Pointing out that the immediate impacts of climate change were felt by developing countries, because of higher dependence on climatic variables, Shri Naidu said that everyone must join hands to minimize the impact of climate change.

The Vice President lauded the efforts of government for initiating efforts to create International Solar Alliance with France for promoting clean energy. He said that India was on the course to achieving 175 GW renewable energy target and 40% of India’s electricity generation is set to be from non fossil fuels, by 2022. India is committed to reducing 33 to 35 percent of emission intensity of its GDP during 2005 to 2030 in tune with its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), he added.

The Vice President said that there was an urgent need to make use of the endless possibilities of biotechnology and nano technology to develop a range of green products including nano-fertilisers to attain sustainability in agriculture.

Saying that working with farmers to increase awareness on climate change was crucial, he also stressed upon the need to move towards more efficient systems of irrigation with ‘more crop per drop’ as a mantra. Greater thrust has to be placed on organic farming and on the use of natural means of pest control, he added.

The Vice President highlighted the need to check distress migration from rural areas and said that cities must be empowered through policy mandates, institutional and financial support and legal provisions to substantially improve the quality of lives of the urban poor.

Shri Naidu said that there was a need to build efficient, productive, equitable, smarter, more responsive and resilient cities and green habitats in keeping with Sustainable Development Goals which calls upon Governments to make cities and settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Saying that we must find sustainable ways of disposing waste, especially the growing pile of urban, non biodegradable waste which pollute waterways and oceans, the Vice President tasked experts to fully explore India’s ‘waste to wealth’ potential and emphasize upon the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle.

The Vice President said that India is amongst the few countries of the world where forests are growing in spite of exponentially rising population and livestock pressures and India's forests act as a net carbon sink. India has set a target of raising its existing 21.54% forest cover to 33% of the total geographical area through aggressive forestation drives, he added.

The Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the former President of Sri Lanka, Mrs. Chandrika Kumartunga, the former President of Mauritius, Mr. Cassam Uteem, the Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Nepal, Dr. Barsaman Pun, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway, Ms. Marianne Hagen, the India Country Director, The World Bank, Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, the Chairman, TERI, Shri Nitin Desai, the Director General, TERI, Dr. Ajay Mathur and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

 

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

It is indeed a pleasure to be here at the inauguration of the World Sustainable Development Summit. I welcome the delegates who have come to join us today from different parts of the globe.

I am happy to note that over the past 18 years, the World Sustainable Development Summit has emerged as a credible institution, a powerful meeting point of the world's leading experts on sustainable development.

Platforms like the WSDS play a crucial role in exchanging information, knowledge, experiences, lessons learnt and best practices from across the globe.

They forge new partnerships, lead to synthesis of new ideas and bring people and nations together, inspiring them to work as a team to achieve the common goal. 

And let me emphasize that Sustainable development is indeed a common goal for all world nations, given the unprecedented scale of environmental degradation and its drastic consequences that we have been witnessing over the last few decades.

With the realization that the impacts of climate change are borderless and that our fates are deeply inter-linked, we must explore an equally unprecedented degree of collaboration and cooperation.

 

Dear Sisters and brothers,

The Vedic philosophy of India has always emphasized the undeniable connection that human beings share with nature.

Our traditional practices reflect a sustainable lifestyle.

Vedic philosophy considers the earth as the mother and all life forms as her children.

The Mahabharata, Ramayana, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and the Puranas contain some of the earliest messages on ecological balance.

This deep respect and gratitude felt towards nature is reflected in India’s relentless efforts to accelerate energy transitions, protect nature and achieve sustainability.

It is indeed worrying to see studies that speak of troubling changes in global climate and precipitation patterns.

There has been an increase in the number of climate related disasters such as droughts and floods in the recent years in addition to a general rise in global temperature.

Climate change and global warming are real and imminent. They threaten the lives and livelihoods of billions of people and upset the delicate balance of nature.

It is in recognition of this fact that India is trying its best to include the paradigm of sustainability and environmental conservation in each and every one of its development endeavours.

India, along with France, initiated the International Solar Alliance which already has one hundred and twenty one members. The alliance is perhaps the most decisive step taken by any world nation towards developing clean energy.

India is committed to reducing 33 to 35 percent of emission intensity of its GDP during 2005 to 2030 in tune with its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

India on the course to achieving 175 GW renewable energy target and 40% of India’s electricity generation is set to be from non fossil fuels, by 2022.

India is amongst the few countries of the world where forests are growing in spite of exponentially rising population and livestock pressures.

India's forests act as a net carbon sink. India has set a target of raising its existing 21.54% forest cover to 33% of the total geographical area through aggressive forestation drives.

Sustainable development is inclusive development.

Let us not forget that the more immediate impacts of climate change are felt by developing countries, because of higher dependence on climatic variables, especially when it comes to agriculture, and their limited capacities to adapt.

The marginalized and vulnerable sections of the world population are highly susceptible to climate-induced tragedies.

Therefore, in pursuance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, granting these groups of people climate justice must be one of our primary goals.

 

Dear sisters and brothers,

Sustainable development includes sustainable agriculture.

India is focussing on this aspect very sharply.

Inconsiderate use of ground water for irrigation has led to drying up of aquifers. Reckless use of pesticides has degraded soil quality, polluted groundwater and has destroyed biodiversity, threatening our food security.

There is a need to make use of the endless possibilities of biotechnology and nano technology to develop a range of green products including nano-fertilisers.

We should move towards more efficient systems of irrigation with ‘more crop per drop’ as our mantra. Greater thrust has to be placed on organic farming and on the use of natural means of pest control.

Sustainable development means sustainable mobility solutions.

India’s burgeoning urban spaces have transport requirements that are rising exponentially with each passing day.

India needs sustainable, inclusive, low carbon mobility solutions. We have to focus upon expanding our Mass Rapid Transit Systems like the metro rail network and promote the ease of use of green vehicles.

Sustainable development means sustainable urbanization.

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs estimates that by the end of 2050, India is expected to be the most populous country with roughly 1.7 billion inhabitants.

More than 60% of this population is expected to reside in India’s urban centres by 2050.

Hence there is a need to build efficient, productive, equitable, smarter, more responsive and resilient cities and green habitats in keeping with SDG 11 which calls upon Governments to make cities and settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

We need to check distress migration from rural areas and substantially improve the quality of lives of the urban poor.

One of the key enablers in this process would be to empower cities through policy mandates, institutional and financial support and legal provisions.

Enhancing private sector participation and capacity building can go a long way in charting a sustainable urbanization pathway for India.

 

Sustainable development means energy security and clean energy.

As the world’s fastest growing major economy, our energy needs are immense.

More than 80% of India’s fuel needs are met by imports. This volatility and tendency for fluctuation in international crude oil prices threatens India’s energy security.

We are already the fifth largest producer of solar energy in the world.

We have to continually improve our home grown, renewable energy capacity through constant research, innovation and technology up gradation.

Sustainable development means sustainable waste management.

We must find sustainable ways of disposing our waste, especially the growing pile of urban, non biodegradable waste which pollutes waterways and oceans.

We must fully explore our ‘waste to wealth’ potential and emphasize upon the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle.

Sustainable development means determined efforts at wildlife conservation.

India has gained global recognition for being home to eleven Biosphere reserves under UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere programme.

As habitat loss and pollution affect many species of around the globe, pushing them to extinction, we must renew our efforts to conserve our wildlife.

Sustainable development means green innovations.

From solar panels to LED bulbs to windmills to sanitation that does not pollute our waterways, there is no dearth of opportunities to explore greener development.

But any green innovation must enable stakeholders to quickly overcome the higher first costs. It is important to explore options to bring down this high initial cost in the short term.

India has already achieved a number of milestones in sustainability.

By October this year, the Swachh Bharat Mission of cleanliness and sanitation will have saved over the lives of over 3 lakh children across the country.

The Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA), the world's largest domestic lighting scheme has successfully mitigated over Rs. 16,000 Crore in energy costs, while avoiding emissions of 3.4 Crore tons of CO2 .

Environmental conservation need not always happen through projects of large scale and scope.

Every single one of us can contribute to sustainable development, whether it be by turning the ignition off at long traffic stops or by recycling and composting or by cycling to work in congested cities.

Let our Diwalis be free of smoke and our Holis, of toxic, polluting colours.

It is the accumulation of such small actions of ours that will lend the much needed momentum to India’s quest for sustainability.

 

Dear Sisters and brothers,

To be truly ‘sustainable’, the investments we make in our infrastructure and resources must be designed to be durable and resilient.

We want technologies, processes, and practices that, once implemented, continue to reap environmental dividends in the long run.

For this, we need technology and financing. While India does intend to reach each of our sustainable development objectives on our own, collaborations with the developed world can help us achieve them faster.

The more judiciously we consume resources, the more we save for our future generations.

We are not inheritors but merely trustees of this earth and everything in it. It is our prime responsibility to pass it on to posterity in its pristine glory.

I also call upon international organizations and the civil society to incorporate the aspect of sustainability in every single one of their discussions, deliberations and action plans for the future. 

As I said, the earth is our mother and humanity should collectively rise above our trivial differences of race, religion, and power, and act in unison to save her.

As the ancient Indian adage goes “Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah”.  If you promote righteousness, it will protect you.” If you protect nature, it will protect you and nourish. If we don’t, we run the risk of perishing.  I hope the world community will have the wisdom, commitment and ‘will to act’ to protect nature and humanity’s future.

I wish the World Sustainable Development Summit and all its participants all the very best.

I look forward to witnessing how your deliberations and strategies can contribute to enhance India’s agenda of sustainability.

 

Jai Hind!”

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The Prime Minister will inaugurate the PETROTECH - 2019 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on 11th February 2019.

He will also address the inaugural session of the event. 

PETROTECH - 2019 is considered to be India’s flagship hydrocarbon conference. PETROTECH-2019, the 13th International Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition is being organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India.

The three-day mega event, from 10 to 12 February 2019, will showcase the recent market and investor friendly developments in India’s oil and gas sector. Over 95 Energy Ministers from partner countries and 7000 delegates from around 70 countries are expected to be part of PETROTECH -2019.

Along with the Conference, the event will have a concurrent exhibition spread over 20,000 square meters at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. The PETROTECH-2019 Exhibition will have over 13 country pavilions and around 750 exhibitors from over 40 countries, with exclusive areas on the Make in India and Renewable Energy theme.

PM has in the past inaugurated the 12 the edition of PETROTECH-2016on 5 December 2016.

Hesaid that “My vision for India’s energy future has four pillars:

Energy access, Energy efficiency, Energy sustainability &Energy security. ”

PM also invited the global hydrocarbon companies to come and Make in India and assured them that our motto is to replace Red Tape with Red Carpet.”

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister  Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Norway on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue.

 

Benefits:

 

The MoU will promote cooperation in the areas of mutual interest pertaining to the development of blue economy. Norway is a global leader in the area of Blue Economy and has cutting-edge technologies and expertise in areas such as fisheries, hydrocarbons, renewable energy, sustainable harnessing of ocean resources and maritime transport. The proposed MoU will contribute to create opportunities for collaboration in areas such as exploitation of hydrocarbons and other marine resources, as well as management of ports and tourism development for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders within the framework of the Joint Task Force (JTF). It will contribute to the objective of Food Security through infusion of new technologies in fisheries and aquaculture. It will further offer a platform for businesses in both countries to execute profitable ventures. Scientists and researchers may collaborate on studying ocean ecosystem also in the context of the Arctic region.

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The 3-day India’s flagship hydrocarbon Conference and Exhibition- PETROTECH-2019 was formally inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi today at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State (I/C) for  Culture Shri Mahesh Sharma, a large number of ministers from abroad and other eminent delegates were present on the occasion.

On this occasion, the lifetime achievement international award was presented by the Prime Minister to Dr Sultan Al Ahmed Jaber, Minister of State of UAE and CEO, ADNOC.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said Energy occupies a very important place in Prime Minister’s vision for India. India has seen unprecedented reforms in the last five years in the energy sector. He said that these reforms have accelerated our work in delivering energy justice to the poorest of the poor by adopting the four pillars visualized by Prime Minister Modi- Energy access, Energy efficiency, Energy sustainability and Energy security as our guiding principles.

Shri Pradhan said the world is seeing a dramatic shift in the sources of energy supply and consumption. There has been a big shift in energy consumption from OECD countries to developing Asia. Electric vehicles will also change the consumption patterns. US has become the world’s largest oil and gas producer after the shale revolution and is challenging the traditional oil dynamics. Affordable Solar PV is taking increasing share in the supply mix, helping to reduce carbon footprints.

The Minister said that today, India’s voice as a large, reliable energy consuming nation is heard with respect. We have been able to convince the oil suppliers about India’s as well as all consuming nations justified stand for a responsible and reasonable pricing. We have been able to simplify and reform our oil and gas sector policies and guidelines to attract new investors and inject new technologies. Schemes like Ujjwala and expansion of CGD have proved to be game-changer in drastically ramping up access to clean cooking fuel to millions of common people. Such initiatives are not only leading to energy justice, as envisaged by Hon’ble PM, but also business opportunities and addressing climate change as well as local pollution concerns.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today launched DD Arunprabha at Arunachal Pradesh. He also laid foundation stone of Film and Television Institute (FTI) and several other projects in the state.

 

 

Prime Minister said that in order to strengthen and develop the culture of the State, a dedicated 24x7 Satellite TV channel DD Arunprabha has been launched by the Government. He expressed hope that the channel will act as an ambassador of the culture of the state and will familiarize people across India with the beauty and the culture of the State.

PM @narendramodi launches Doordarshan’s new 24x7 Channel @ddarunprabha dedicated for #ArunachalPradesh@DDNational @DDNewsLive @Ra_THORe @MIB_India @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/B3kfp8NPyP

— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 9, 2019

Talking about the Film and Television Institute to be developed in Jote, he said that it will not only will give new avenues and opportunities to the youngsters but will also be a boost for the expression of the culture of the State.

PM @narendramodi lays foundation stone for various development projects in #ArunachalPradesh@AAI_Official @MIB_India @MinOfPower @Ra_THORe @RajKSinghIndia pic.twitter.com/qLa6NIlXln

— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 9, 2019

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister recounted the impact these projects will have on the lives of people of Arunachal Pradesh. He said that for the development of New India, the development of North-East is essential. He mentioned about the benefits set to accrue to the state under UdanYojna, while also highlighting other initiatives being taken to boost infrastructure in the region. He also appreciated the impact of SaubhagyaYojna in ensuring electrical connectivity for almost all the people in the State. All these steps will further boost tourism in the region, he stated. He also highlighted the benefits of PM-KISAN set to accrue to the farmers of the country, including those of the State.

 

Background

DD Arunprabha is the 24th satellite channel operated by Doordarshan. It is equipped with state of the art facilities, including a Digital Satellite News Gathering unit to provide live coverage from remote locations, for 24x7 telecast. The playout facility and the earth stations established at DDK Itanagar will ensure seamless transmission of DD Arunprabha.

The channel will showcase the rich tradition and diversity of local culture. Not only will it help integrate North-East with the country, but will also bring alive the magnificence of North-East by airing content sensitive to the needs and aspirations of local population including news, travelogues, mythological shows, documentaries, magazines, tele-films, reality shows, daily shows etc.

The permanent campus of Film and Television Institute will come up atJollang-Rakap (Jote), Papum Pare, Arunachal Pradesh. This is the third Film and Television Institute of Ministry of I&B, the first two being FTII Pune and SRFTI Kolkata. It is the first Film and Television Institute of entire North-East.

It will provide a boost to the talented youngsters of the North-East in film and television sector. The project, to be constructed at around 20 km from Itanagar, has been approved for construction at a total estimated cost of Rs. 204.32 crore. To be executed by CPWD, it is expected that the project will be completed in 25 months’ time.

It will have an integrated campus comprising of Administrative Block, Class Room Block, Class Room Theatre, Academic Staff Block, Library, Preview Theatre, Mini Theatre, Shooting Floor, Digital Block, Sound Studio, Canteen and Recreation, Residential Quarters, Boys Hostel, Girls Hostel, Transit Accommodation and Guest House with other supportive structures like Electrical Sub-station, Pump-room, Sump, Filtration Plant, Sewerage Treatment Plant etc.

The campus will be constructed with an organic design philosophy, ensuring minimum disturbance to natural topography. National Building Code 2016 Norms, Accessible India Campaign Features and other statutory norms will be followed in construction. It will be a state of the art modern campus with several Green Features including Sewage Treatment Plant of 150 kiloletres per day capacity to ensure a zero discharge building, 300 KW solar panels, energy efficient air conditioning plants, street lighting with LED lamps, rain water harvesting, energy efficient light fixtures with sensors etc.

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Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has launched Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY), the flagship program of the Ministry was launched in 2015 to mobilize youth to take up skill training with the aim of increasing productivity and aligning the training and certification to the needs of the country. Owing to success of PMKVY 1.0 wherein more than 19 lakh students were trained as against the target of 24 lakh, the scheme was re- launched as PMKVY 2.0 (2016-2020) with an aim to train 10 million youth by the year 2020.

Based on the learning from first phase of the scheme, changes were made under PMKVY (2016-2020) to ensure quality and standardization for the benefit of end beneficiaries. The training centres delivering training under PMKVY (2016-2020) have been inspected by third party inspection agencies, courses have been designed by Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) with industry inputs, and curriculum and candidate handbooks have been standardized for all job roles under PMKVY. PMKVY actively also seeks input from industry through SSCs to keep abreast with changes and requirement of employers to be inculcated in the course curriculum. Further, training centres imparting training are regularly monitored leveraging technology enabled tools.Under PMKVY, a total of 49973, 1594183 and 674534 candidates have been trained during 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively.

 

Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is entrusted with the responsibility of long term vocational training in the Country. One of the flagship schemes is ‘Craftsmen Training Scheme’ being implemented through network of 15,042 Industrial Training Institutes  (Govt. 2738 + Private 12,304 ITIs) located all over the country with an objective to provide skilled work force to the industry in 138 trades with duration of 6 months , 1 year and 2 year .

DGT has taken following initiatives to improve quality of skills for better employment opportunities.

  1. Dual System of Training- for better industry linkages following the German model.
  2. Grading of ITIs & ISO 29990 certification
  3. Introduction of two year Advanced Technical Diploma
  4. Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE)
  5. Introduction of new trades on  Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Agriculture, Geo- informatics assistant, Aeronautical Structure & Equipment Fitter, Drone, Solar Technician, Technician Mechatronics  etc, under Craftsmen Training Scheme.

 

This information was given by Union Minister forSkill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.

 

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi delivered the following inaugural address at PETROTECH 2019 in Noida.

 

Namaste.

 

At the outset, I apologise for the delay due to logistical reasons.

 

I am delighted to welcome you all to PETROTECH-2019, the thirteenth edition of India’s flagship hydrocarbon Conference.

 

I would also like to congratulate His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber for his contribution to the energy sector and vision for the future.

 

Over the last quarter century, PETROTECH has served as a platform to discuss solutions to challenges that we face in the energy sector.

 

In each of our respective countries, we seek to deliver affordable, efficient, clean and assured energy supplies to our citizens.

 

The presence of over sixty countries and seven thousand delegates here, is a reflection of that common quest.

 

Several decades of public life have convinced me that energy is a key driver of socio-economic growth. Suitably priced, stable and sustainable energy supply, is essential for rapid growth of the economy. It also helps the poor and deprived sections of society, to partake of economic benefits.

 

At the macro level, the energy sector is a pivot and key enabler of growth.

 

Friends.

 

As we gather here to discuss the present and future of global energy, winds of change are evident in the global energy arena.

 

Energy supply, energy sources and energy consumption patterns are changing. Perhaps, this could be a historic transition.

 

There is a shift in energy consumption from West to East.

 

The United States has become the world’s largest oil and gas producer after the shale revolution.

 

Solar energy and other renewable sources of energy have become more competitive. They are emerging as sustainable substitutes for traditional energy forms.

 

Natural Gas is fast becoming one of the largest fuels in the global energy mix.

 

There are signs of convergence, between cheaper renewable energy, technologies, and digital applications. This may expedite the achievement of many sustainable development goals.

 

Nations are coming together to tackle climate change. This is visible in global partnerships, such as the International Solar Alliance, promoted by India and France.

 

We are entering an era of greater energy availability.

 

But more than a billion people across the globe still do not have access to electricity. Many more do not have access to clean cooking fuel.

 

India has taken a lead in addressing these issues of energy access. In our success, I see hope for the world that problems of energy availability can be suitably addressed.

 

People must have universal access to clean, affordable, sustainable and equitable supply of energy.

 

India’s contribution in the onset of an era based on energy justice is significant.

 

Currently, India is the fastest growing large economy in the world. Leading agencies such as IMF and World Bank, project the same trend to continue in the coming years.

 

In an uncertain global economic environment, India has shown tremendous resilience as an anchor of the world economy.

 

India recently became the sixth largest economy in the world. According to a recent report, by 2030, India could be the second largest world economy. 

 

We are also the third largest energy consumer in the world, with demand growing at more than five percent annually.

 

India remains an attractive market for energy companies with energy demand expected to more than double by 2040.

 

We have adopted an integrated approach towards energy planning. During the last PETROTECH Conference in December 2016, I mentioned four pillars for India’s energy future. These are energy access, energy efficiency, energy sustainability and energy security.

 

Friends.

 

Energy justice is also a key objective for me, and a top priority for India. Towards this end, we have developed and implemented many policies. The results of these efforts are now evident.  

 

Electricity has reached all our rural areas.

 

This year we aim to achieve hundred per cent electrification of households in India, through a targeted programme called SAUBHAGYA.

 

As we raise production, we also aim to reduce losses in transmission and distribution. Under our UDAY scheme, we are working towards this objective.

 

India's World Bank Ease of Getting Electricity Ranking, improved from one hundred and eleven in 2014 to twenty-nine in 2018.

 

LED bulbs distributed across the country under the UJALA scheme, have resulted in an annual saving of seventeen thousand crore rupees, or nearly 2.5 billion dollars.

 

Access to clean cooking fuel provides major benefits, especially to women and children at risk of exposure to smoke pollution.

 

LPG connections have been given to over sixty four million or 6.4 crore households in just under three years under the Ujjwala Scheme. A ‘Blue Flame Revolution’ is underway. LPG coverage has reached more than ninety percent, from fifty-five percent five years ago.

 

Clean Transportation is getting a boost. We are jumping directly from BS four to BS six fuel by April 2020. This is the equivalent of EURO six standards.

 

Achievements such as hundred percent electrification, and increased LPG coverage, are possible only through people’s involvement. Energy justice can be done only when people believe in their collective power.  Government is only an enabler in converting that belief into a reality.

 

The last five years have seen major reforms in India’s oil and gas sector. We have revamped our upstream policies and regulations. We have launched the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy to bring transparency and competitiveness in the sector.

 

The bidding criterion has been changed to revenue sharing. This has helped reduce government intervention. An Open Acreage Licensing Policy and a National Data Repository is helping to increase exploration interest in Indian fields.

 

Gas pricing reforms have also been introduced. The Enhanced Oil Recovery Policy aims to promote the use of latest technology in improving productivity of upstream fields.

 

Our downstream sector has been completely liberalized. Market driven petrol and diesel prices reflect changes in the international price of crude oil. India has the fourth largest refining capacity in the world. This will further grow by about 200 million metric tons by 2030.  

 

A National Biofuel Policy was enacted last year. Research on second and third generation biofuels is being promoted. Twelve second generation bio-refineries are being set up in eleven states. The ethanol blending and biodiesel programme is reducing carbon emissions, and raising farmers’ incomes. Bio Aviation Turbine Fuel has already been tried out in our civil aviation sector.

 

Our government has encouraged private participation across the entire oil and gas value chain. India is becoming an attractive FDI destination. Companies like Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, TOTAL, Exxon-Mobil, BP and Shell are looking to increase their investments across the value chain.

 

India is making rapid strides towards a gas based economy. Over sixteen thousand kilometres of gas pipeline has been constructed and an additional eleven thousand kilometers is under construction.

 

Execution of three thousand, two hundred kilometers of gas pipeline in Eastern India has begun. This will connect North East India with the National Gas Grid.

 

The tenth bid round for City Gas Distribution will be complete in a month’s time. This will cover over four hundred districts. It will extend coverage of City Gas Distribution to seventy percent of our population.

 

We are gearing up for Industry 4.0. This will change the way industry operates, with new technology and processes. Our companies are adopting latest technologies to improve efficiency, increase safety and reduce costs. This is being done in downstream retail, as well as in upstream oil and gas production, asset maintenance and remote monitoring.

 

In recent years, we have deepened our international engagement with organizations such as the International Energy Agency, and OPEC. We chaired the International Energy Forum from 2016 to 2018. We have been able to convert our traditional buyer-seller engagements into strategic partnerships through bilateral investments. We have also promoted our ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy by strengthening energy engagement with Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Myanmar.

 

I have regularly engaged with global CEOs from the oil and gas sector. In my interactions with world leaders and CEOs, I have always maintained that Oil and Gas are not only a commodity of trade but also of necessity. Whether it is for the kitchen of a common man or for an aircraft, energy is essential.

 

For too long, the world has seen crude prices on a roller-coaster. We need to move to responsible pricing, which balances the interests of both the producer and consumer. We also need to move towards transparent and flexible markets for both oil and gas. Only then can we serve the energy needs of humanity in an optimal manner.

 

Another key issue that needs the world to come together is climate change. Together, we can achieve the targets we set for ourselves at COP-21 in Paris. India has made rapid strides in meeting its commitment. We are on our way to reaching the target.

 

PETROTECH provides the perfect setting to ponder over the future of the energy sector. It is a good platform to reflect on how global shifts, transitions, policies and new technologies will influence market stability and future investments in the sector.

 

I wish you all a successful and fruitful Conference.

 

Thank you.

 

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Ministry of Textiles, in association with Central Silk Board, is organizing an event, Surging Silk - Accomplishment and way forward, in New Delhi on 9th February 2019. Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj will be the chief guest and the event will be presided over by Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani.

The event is being organized to highlight the growth of silk industry in India over the past 4 years. It focusses on distribution of Buniyaad Tasar Silk Reeling Machines to women reelers from tribal areas, as part of total eradication of the age old practice of thigh reeling.In order to eradicate thigh reeling practice in tasar silk sector and to ensure rightful earning to the poor rural and tribal women reelers, Central Silk Technological Research Institutehas developed a machine in association with an entrepreneur from Champa, Chhattisgarh. The machine developed is known as Buniyaad Reeling machine.  This machine will improve the quality and productivity of tasar silk yarn and reduce the drudgery of women.

  Women reeler using the  traditional method earns approximately Rs.125/- per day while a tasar reeler using Buniyaad reeling machine can earn Rs.350/- per day. The Buniyaad reeling machine is priced at Rs.8,475/- per unit excluding taxes and transportation charges. It is planned to eradicate thigh reeling and replace with Buniyaad reeling machine by end of March 2019.  The machine is available with solar power and pedal attachments. Machine manufactures have already been identified for production and delivery of the machines to the reelers.

During the event, best achievers of silk industry across various segments of sericulture will be honoured. Awards will be given to the best performing states, release of melange fabric produced from silk waste will take place, a   mobile application will be launched for quality certification in silkworm seed sector and a compendium on Indian silk industry and state sericulture profile will be released.

The compendium will be a comprehensive compilation on the status and growth of sericulture and silk industry of each state, plans and programmes launched by Government of India being implemented across the country and ethnic silk products supported with a directory of important contacts points, to have first-hand information of the industry.

Ministry has made elaborate arrangements for participation from different spectrum of Textile industry in large numbers.

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India’s latest communication satellite, GSAT-31 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours today.

The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-247 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 2:31 am (IST) carrying India’s GSAT-31 and Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 satellites, as scheduled.

After a 42-min flight, GSAT-31 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 250 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,850 km, inclined at an angle of 3.0 degree to the equator.

With a lift-off mass of 2536 kg, GSAT-31 will augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in Geostationary Orbit. The satellite will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites. GSAT-31 derives its heritage from ISRO’s earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series.

“GSAT-31 has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and flexible coverage. The satellite will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands” ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said.

Dr. Sivan also remarked that “GSAT-31 will provide DTH Television Services, connectivity to VSATs for ATM, Stock-exchange, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and e-governance applications. The satellite will also be used for bulk data transfer for a host of emerging telecommunication applications.”

After separation from Ariane-5 upper stage, the two solar arrays of GSAT-31 were automatically deployed in quick succession and ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-31 and found its health parameters normal.

In the days ahead, scientists will undertake phase-wise orbit-raising manoeuvres to place the satellite in Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) using its on-board propulsion system.

During the final stages of its orbit raising operations, the antenna reflector of GSAT-31 will be deployed. Following this, the satellite will be put in its final orbital configuration. The satellite will be operational after the successful completion of all in-orbit tests.

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