While addressing the State-level Painting Competition Prize Distribution Function organized by the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam, Ministry of Power and Education Department, Governor Urmila Singh stressed upon undertaking energy conservation measures on priority for accelerating the pace of industrial and economic growth of the state.

Governor said that the economic growth of the state depended upon energy sector to a large extent and energy conservation was essential to meet the power requirements of various development sectors including industries etc. She said that power losses during transmission and distribution should be cut down to minimum to save energy and added that the steps taken under National Energy Conservation Campaign have resulted in 15 percent energy saving in the country. Judicious use and exploitation of natural resources should be ensured, she added. Urmila Singh urged the people to take serious steps to conserve energy as a Mission by generating awareness among people and added that women, youth and children could act as ambassadors and make a significant contribution towards achieving this objective.

Governor presented a memento to Rajeev Sharma Director, Elementary Education for his exemplary performance. She also gave away prizes to winners of the competition. Sushmita Rai of Dagshai Public School won the first prize while Tamdrima Chakrawarti of Dayanand Public School, Shimla and Kavya Aggarwal of DAV Public School, New Shimla bagged the second and third prize respectively. Ten consolation prizes were given to Sheetal, Shilpa, Ishita, Urvarshi, Abhishek, Bhawna, Hitesh, Yamini, Ashrut and Sonal. Governor also felicitated the children on the occasion of Children’s Day. She also honoured Block Education Officers on the occasion. Rajeev Sharma Director, Elementary Education said that SJVN and Education department were jointly organizing the State-level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation to make school children aware on the issue. He said that 70309 school children of 2495 schools across the state had participated in the competition. Nand Lal Sharma Director SJVN welcomed the Governor and detailed about various welfare activities being carried out in project areas by the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam. Shallinder Singh, Senior Manager presented vote of thanks. A colorful cultural programme was also presented by the school children on the occasion

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