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A mega awareness campaign on renewable energy

20 August - the birthday of former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi, is celebrated as the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas’ (RGAUD) annually since 2004. On this occasion, mass rallies, human chains/runs, competitions such as essay writing, painting, quiz, and debates – with the theme of new and renewable energy sources – are organized not only in the state capitals and other major cities but also in all the districts of the country. RGAUD 2006 was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm through out the country in which over 50 lakh students participated actively.

The national level programmes on RGAUD were organized in New Delhi in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, the national-level programme on RGAUD was organized in Nagpur on 20 August 2006. On this occasion, MNRE organized a half marathon called the ‘run for sun’. Over 5000 man and women took part in the Marathon. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh flagged off the marathon at the Kasturchand Park, Nagpur. The half marathon of 21 km was open for all, and a 3-km marathon was organized for senior citizens. Shri Angad of the Bengal Engineering Group, Roorkee, and Vaishali Chatare of Central Railways capped the moment with crowning glory as they raced to triumph in the prestigious half marathon. The duo was awarded Rs.50 000 each for their golden efforts by Shri Deshmukh and union minister Shri Oscar Fernandes in the presence of union minister for New and Renewable Energy, Shri Vilas Muttemwar and Secretary, MNRE, Shri V Subramaniam.

As part of the event, an exhibition on solar water heaters the new and renewable energy systems such as solar lights, solar cookers, windmills, and biomass gasifiers was also organized at the Kasturchand Park during August 20-22, 2006. It was inaugurated by union minister Shri Oscar Fernandes.

Over 35 000 school children who attended the main function were administrated Renewable Energy Pledge. Renewable Energy Floats on solar, wind and biomass were taken through various roads of Nagpur city for creating awareness. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh said that in Maharashtra, Renewable Energy sources are being promoted extensively. State nodal agencies in various states put in their best efforts to make the events successful and there was whole-hearted participation by students, teachers, and the general masses alike.

The renewable energy pledge was taken across the country by the participants in programmes organized on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas.

Renewable Energy Pledge

I hereby pledge that I will consciously avoid excessive consumption of energy derived from conventional sources and increase the use of renewable energy, and will persuade my family members and society in promoting renewable energy.



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Introduction l Overview l Grid-Interactive and Off-Grid Renewable Power l Renewable Energy for Rural Applications l Renewable Energy for Urban, Industrial and Commercial Applications l Research, Design & Development in New and Renewable Energy l Renewable Energy Programmes in North Eastern Region l Support Programmes l Annexure I l Annexure II l Glimpses