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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 Thursday.

Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu would inaugurate the two-day conference.

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 context.

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 Models.

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