Pradhan pitches for clean energy cooking fuel innovations, extends open invitation to entrepreneurs

The Samikhsya Bureau

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan today addressed the Clean Energy Conclave at the Global Bio India 2021, organized by Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

Speaking on the occasion, he said that clean energy is going to play a large role in fuelling the growth of the Indian economy to manage the ambitions and needs of our population.

Pitching for clean energy cooking fuel innovations, he extended open invitation to entrepreneurs.

“We will attach high priority for maximizing deployment of energy sources, including biofuels, emerging fuels such as hydrogen, available within the country,” he stated.

The Minister said that natural gas will be as a significant transition fuel for us. “We are taking all efforts to shift towards a gas-based economy to increase the share of natural gas from the current 6% to 15% by 2030 by developing the nation-wide gas grid and other gas infrastructure, including city gas distribution and LNG regasification terminals.

He expressed great satisfaction that the country is moving towards universal access to clean cooking fuel. He said that the LPG coverage in India has seen a remarkable surge from 55% in 2014 to now 99.6%.

“We are now increasing the coverage by another 10 million LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to achieve universal coverage.