First international conference on LPG in Bhubaneswar tomorrow

Bhubaneswar, August 31: 
Research and Development Initiative along with Bharat Petroleum
Corporation, Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation would
organise nation’s first international conference on cooking gas here on
Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu would inaugurate the two-day
Besides, the conference would be addressed by a cross
section of dignitaries, including Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Jagat
Prakash Nadda, Union Minister Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, UN
Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director UN Women Lakshmi
Puri, and Chairman, Global LPG Partnership, USA Kimball Chen.
Senior bureaucrats and heads of state-owned oil companies,
including PNG Secretary KD Tripathy, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
Chairman Ram Sewak Sharma, IOC Chairman B Ashok, BPCL Chairman and Managing
Director S Varadarajan, and HPCL Chairman and Managing Director MK Surana will
also speak on the critical subject.
The international conference will see over two dozen
speakers and delegates from over a dozen developing countries such as Brazil,
Guatemala, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria, Nepal, Bhutan, Indonesia, Cameroon
and Sri Lanka. Further, experts and stakeholders from USA and Europe will speak
on global best practices and the likelihood of their adoption in the Indian
The seminar will deliberate on the need for an LPG enabled
household, problems arising due to absence of LPG connection, the usage of traditional
bio mass cooking fuels and their impact on both health and environment. The
session will be chaired by Chairman, Global LPG Partnership, Kimball Chen.
The conference, which would conclude on Friday, will also
have a session on the hugely successful “Give it Up” scheme that has given
birth to a Silent Revolution and encouraged a large part of India’s affluent
section to voluntary give up their LPG subsidy in favour of the nation’s poor.
The meet will also discuss the success of the largest Direct
Bank Transfer Scheme PAHAL that now allows direct transfer of subsidy on
cooking gas to the beneficiary’s bank account and the crucial role of
technology in curbing pilferage of funds.
An integral part of the conference will be discussion on
Ujjwala and how it is becoming a vehicle of women empowerment & overall
socio economic growth for the poor in India. This session will be chaired by
Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary General & Deputy Executive
Director – UN Women.
The international participants like Dr Walter Hart, vice-president,
IHS, USA will discuss the role of private sector in expanding the reach of LPG
while Allison Abott, Communication Director, World LPG Association will discuss
the role of Women in LPG Global Network-Global Practices and International

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