Reaffirm Gandhi’s ideals on sustainable development: Pradhan urges global community


Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan has called for reaffirming Mahatma’s ideals which have traditionally influenced Indian way of life which is based on responsible and sustainable consumption.

Delivering the closing remarks at India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, Minister Pradhan said, “Indian society has, since times immemorial, been following sustainable energy practices with lesser emissions.  Much before the buzz words like “recycle, reduce or reuse”, it was Mahatma Gandhi who had appealed for responsible and sustainable consumption so that there is a better world for our future generations. I quote “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed”. As we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year, it is important to reaffirm these ideals.”

Calling India, an epicentre for global energy growth and innovation in energy sector, Minister Pradhan said, “Every segment of the energy value chain in India will be action packed. I urge my investor friends present here to take advantage of these enormous investment opportunities across the energy value chain in Indian market that will be epicentre for global energy growth and innovation.”

Speaking about Government’s commitment to make India, a low carbon economy, he said, “Our Government is committed to make India a low carbon economy, though our per capita carbon emission is far less than the world averages, particularly the OECD countries. Special thrust is being given to promote gas-based economy under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi”

Speaking about energy access, he said, “Universal access of electricity, universal access of clean cooking fuel, cleaner transport solutions etc. are driving the demand side action in India. India’s energy access programs since 2014 to reduce energy poverty is now seen as a template by many developing countries. India is pushing for Energy Justice on every global platform.”

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