Dharmendra Pradhan, MoS (IC) for Petroleum & Natural Gas flagged off Pathfinders ‘Spirit of Freedom’ Bike Rally

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By Sarkaritel September 11, 2014 15:47

Dharmendra Pradhan, MoS (IC) for Petroleum & Natural Gas flagged off Pathfinders ‘Spirit of Freedom’ Bike Rally


New Delhi, Sept 11 :  Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas flagged off the IndianOil sponsored “Spirit of Freedom”- adventure for social outreach, Motorbike Expedition of Pathfinders to Ladakh today in the presence of B Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Limited.

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Addressing the Pathfinders group and the gathering at the Flag Off ceremony of the bikers rally, Dharmendra Pradhan, MoS (Incharge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas urged the audience to observe a minute’s silence to pay homage to the people who lost their lives in the recent floods in Jammu & Kashmir. He said that mountains play a vital role in the subsistence of the entire ecosystem. The people living in mountainous regions face many hardships and each day is a test of survival for them. The ongoing natural disaster in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is a cause of concern and the government is taking all possible measures to provide relief to the victims. He also mentioned that the challenge today is to manage mountain regions in a sustainable manner so as to avoid degradation and subsequent increase in poverty and hunger in these regions.”

Minister during his address said that IndianOil being a responsible corporate entity has been constantly extending support to the society. Appreciating the support rendered by IndianOil to the Pathfinders Group, Shri Pradhan mentioned that IndianOil is currently supporting and making all possible arrangements to ensure the supply of petroleum products in the flood affected areas of J&K. Shri Pradhan while lauding the efforts of the Pathfinders group said that more people from Delhi should join and extend a helping hand in comforting the people residing in the hilly terrains of India. He mentioned that though the Government is dedicated towards uplifting the lives of the people residing in remote areas, support from Corporates, welfare Organizations and sections of society should assist the government in its initiatives and would speed up the programme. Shri Pradhan informed the gathering that the Prime Minister has announced a relief fund of Rupees One Thousand Crore for the flood victims of J&K and the utilization of the fund is being monitored on daily basis. He also said that the Prime Minister has advised every  Ministry to extend support to the flood victims of J&K and render all possible support to bring life back on track in the affected areas.

While addressing the sizeable audience, Shri B Ashok, Chairman, IndianOil lauded the efforts of the Pathfinders in embarking on an expedition which promises to make a difference to the people living in remote Himalayan region. Talking about the crisis in J&K, Shri Ashok mentioned that IndianOil is committed towards ensuring all possible help to the victims in J&K. He mentioned that many of Oil installations in the state of Jammu & Kashmir are submerged in water, however, IndianOil is helping in restoration of supplies and at the same time has ensured supply of Aviation fuel to the Aircrafts involved in the supply of essentials and evacuation process. IndianOil through its efforts has also ensured supply of petroleum products like Petrol, Diesel, Cooking Gas etc. in the region. The oil industry has over several decades, built infrastructure across the sub-continent to essentially serve over a billion Indians.

It was mentioned by Pathfinders group that this year the expedition would visit Chushul, a valley in Ladakh as well as Turtuk village which is at the extreme corner of the Indian border whose accessibility is a challenge. A troop of 7 bikes with 15 members would roughly cover 3500 Kms in a span of 15 days in the trans Himalayan region of India. The aim of this expedition is to spread awareness about environment degradation in the Himalayas among the school children in the remote villages of Ladakh as well as to reach out to the underprivileged in these inaccessible and hilly areas.

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By Sarkaritel September 11, 2014 15:47