Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas flagged off the IndianOil sponsored Spirit of Freedom- adventure for social outreach, motorbike expedition of Pathfinders to Ladakh today in the presence of B Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Limited.Addressing the Pathfinders group and the gathering at the flag off ceremony of the bikers rally, Dharmendra Pradhan, MoS (Incharge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas urged the audience to observe a minute’s silence to pay homage to the people who lost their lives in the recent floods in Jammu & Kashmir. The people living in mountainous regions face many hardships and each day is a test of survival for them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ongoing natural disaster in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is a cause of concern and the government is taking all possible measures to provide relief to the victims. He also mentioned that the challenge today is to manage mountain regions in a sustainable manner so as to avoid degradation and subsequent increase in poverty and hunger in these regions.The minister said that IndianOil is currently supporting and making all possible arrangements to ensure the supply of petroleum products in the flood affected areas of J&K. Pradhan informed the gathering that the Prime Minister has announced a relief fund of Rupees One Thousand Crore for the flood victims of J&K and the utilization of the fund is being monitored on daily basis. He also said that the Prime Minister has advised every ministry to extend support to the flood victims of J&K and render all possible support to bring life back on track in the affected areas. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile addressing the audience, B Ashok, Chairman, IndianOil lauded the efforts of the Pathfinders which promises to make a difference to the people living in remote Himalayan region. Talking about the crisis in J&K, Ashok mentioned that IndianOil has also ensured supply of petroleum products like petrol, diesel, cooking gas etc. in the region.This year the expedition would visit Chushul, a valley in Ladakh as well as Turtuk village which is at the extreme corner of the Indian border whose accessibility is a challenge. A troop of 7 bikes with 15 members would roughly cover 3500 Kms in a span of 15 days in the trans Himalayan region of India. The expedition aims to spread awareness about environment degradation in the Himalayas among the school children in the remote villages of Ladakh as well as to reach out to the underprivileged in these inaccessible and hilly areas.