India is working to become a gas-based economy and increase the share of natural gas in the country’s energy mix. Speaking at FICCI’s fourth National Conference on Energy Security, KD Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, said, “In the developed nations the share of gas in the energy mix averaged at 25 per cent, whereas in India it stood at 6 per cent. Thus, there is a need to explore more avenues to enhance use of gas as fuel and for the requirements of energy in the country.” Tripathi said that the government is in the process of extensively appraising the hydrocarbon potential in the country and National Data Repository (NDR) programme has been launched to accumulate relevant data.