Minister for forest and environment M.C Konyak said Nagaland was constraint of all resources, be it in industry or economic field.
Addressing a group of distributors and dealers of petroleum and gas at the inauguration of oil and gas conservation fortnight here at hotel Saramati on Thursday Konyak said "we are depending on outsiders, all our essential commodities are bought from outside and there is hardly anything that we produce, and this way we are a constraint resource state."
This unprecedented increase and the over-dependence on other states makes conservation efforts important for sustaining the economy, he said.
He went on to say that Naga people have the habit of being "extravagant and is taken as a pride", Nagas should think of conserving resources and not take 'extravagant' as a thing of pride. We in fact have a bounden duty as a good citizen of the country to ensure careful utilization of any resources which is scarce in nature, Konyak said.
Also stressing on environmental aspect, Konyak said consumption of fossil fuel results in emission of harmful green house gases and therefore, emission of harmful gasses should be checked.
He expressed hope that government oil companies primarily the Indian Oil Corporation Limited in Nagaland would effectively carry out various activities during the fortnight so that the required improvement was achieved in generating awareness.
Calling for better and efficient utilization of oil and gas conservation, state level co-ordinator, ministry of petroleum and natural gas, of oil and gas conservation fortnight, Datta said campaigns designed for each target group including school children, and various activities like essay competition, painting competition, clinics for college girls and housewives for safe and effective use of LPG, workshop, and distribution of literatures, leaflets at LPG distributorships and petrol pumps would be organized in the state to generate mass awareness for the future and for clean environment.
The focus will be on major target groups such as transport, domestic, vehicle owners, truckers, drivers, transport departments and consumers.
Though oil and gas conservation fortnight is observed annually throughout the state, Datta said last year it was found that only 30% in the country were aware of initiatives for conservation. And organizers of oil and gas conservation fortnight in the state could improve only by 10% last year on creating awareness. This year the Indian Oil Corporation Limited in Nagaland hopes to intensify all efforts to spread awareness on oil and gas conservation, and for which he appealed citizens of the state to cooperate and participate at oil and gas conservation fortnight.
Earlier, messages from minister of petroleum and natural gas, Murli Deora and secretary (petroleum) R.S Pandey was read by Plant manager, IOCL, LPG Bottling plant, Dimapur, Atoba Jamir and assistant manager (Retail sales) D.M Maring. Quiz competition on oil was also conducted and winners were distributed prizes on the spot.
Participants took a pledge to conserve petroleum products. The programme was convened by Indian Oil Corporation Limited in Nagaland.