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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Talking on energy security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India will have to be independent in this area and seek new avenues to replenish existing sources in a bid to serve the growing need of the people.

He called for enhancing domestic production to reduce the energy import burden of the country by at least 10 per cent, till 2022 – the occasion of the platinum jubilee of India’s independence.

“We need to be independent when it comes to providing our people with energy,” Modi said, while inaugurating the “Urja Sangam – 2015” conference on energy security at the Vigyan Bhavan exposition complex in Delhi.

He also asked people who are well off to surrender their fuel subsidy entitlement.

“People who don’t need LPG subsidy and those who are capable of managing without it should give it up. I ask you to join this movement. Give up gas subsidy. Create a record. The subsidy that you will give up will go a long way in benefitting the poor people.”

People are already giving up their subsidy, Modi said, and added that “over 2.8 lakh consumers have surrendered LPG subsidy, resulting in a saving of Rs.100 crore to the exchequer”.

Modi said that the government aims to provide piped cooking gas, which currently serves 27 lakh households, to one crore households in the next four years. He also complimented ONGC Videsh Ltd, Engineers India Ltd, and Barauni Refinery, for their successful journey of five decades, and called upon India’s energy sector to plan for the next five decades with a global perspective. He said India, with one-sixth of the world’s population, should shoulder one-sixth of the world’s energy responsibility, hence contributing to global prosperity.

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India to Issue Chip-based e-passports, Says PM Narendra Modi

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered

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The government's endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said work is on to issue chip-based e-passports to Indian citizens under a centralized passport system.

“Our embassies and consulates are being connected to the Passport Seva Project worldwide,” he said addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 here.

“This will prepare a centralized system connected to the passport service for all of you,” he added. “Going one step ahead, work is on for issuing of the chip-based e-passport.”

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He also said that work was on to simplify the process of issuing visas to PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards.

The government’s endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy and safe wherever they live abroad, he said.

“In the last four-and-a-half years, more than two lakh Indians stranded in crisis situations abroad have been helped by the government and its efforts,” he said.

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Modi’s Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the chief guest at the event, commended India’s efforts in reaching out to the diaspora.

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Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed the gathering.

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered. (IANS)