PUNE: Speaking at the 12th Energy Conservation and Management Awards distribution ceremony, District Guardian Minister and MLA Girish Bapat said that awarding people for efforts in energy conservation is an effective way of creating awareness and enthusiasm in society with regards to conservation efforts. Bapat was speaking as the chief guest at a programme organised in the city recently where 63 organisations and people were awarded.
Bapat said that the country is facing many problems like water scarcity, energy shortage, traffic congestion, etc. “All these issues need public awareness and participation. When one awards good work done by someone, an idea is being honoured,” Bapat said. “It is necessary that children are also taught about energy conservation in schools itself. Big cities are using large amounts of water, which should be avoided,” he added.
Bapat also added that things are possible with sufficient will. He said, “More than 38 crore people, who never had access to the financial system, were introduced to banking when their first bank accounts were opened up. This shows that if there is a will, there can be change.” He further added, “It is a matter of pride that Maharashtra stands in the second place on the national level in energy conservation.”
Chandrashekhar Bavankule, Energy Minister for the State, who was also present, said that countries who undertake energy conservation efforts are the ones that are well off. “Even our country is proactively trying to conserve energy. We are trying to make energy available to the remotest areas of the country,” he said, adding, “The government will make resources and funds available to all organisations, which are working in this direction and by 2025, ensure that all farmers will be using solar power.”