Delhi, October 30: Peeved over lesser prices offered by
ONGC to Assam than Gujarat for crude oil, Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi on Thursday threatened to take "strong
steps" like halting operations of the energy giant
in his state for doing such "great injustice".
am extremely unhappy with the behaviour of the ONGC.
ONGC is giving Gujarat government market price for the
crude oil produced there but denying the same to Assam.
We cannot tolerate such great injustice. We will see
what steps we can take," he said at a press
whether his government would stop the operations of ONGC
in Assam, Gogoi did not elaborate but said "we will
intervene. Assam government has to take steps, some
Chief Minister said the "discriminatory"
attitude of the ONGC cannot be acceptable and it was
"very deplorable" that the public sector
energy giant was denying the due share to Assam.
come you have different rates for the same crude oil
produced in Gujarat and Assam. I have conveyed this to
the Prime Minister also," he said.
a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gogoi
yesterday said a special category state like Assam
cannot afford such a huge loss of revenue and oil
producing states like Assam or Gujarat should not be
denied the benefit of their natural resources and made
to compensate for the under recoveries of the Central
Oil Marketing Companies.
will be aware that rights over natural resources of the
state, particularly oil and natural gas, have always
been a sensitive issue in Assam. There has been a long
simmering resentment in the state that Assam has not
been getting its due share of benefits from its natural
resources," he said.
Chief Minister said following a petition filed by the
Gujarat government, the Gujarat High Court recently held
that the royalty shall be payable to the state on the
market price of crude oil and not on post-discount
the Supreme Court has in its interim order directed the
ONGC to pay crude oil royalty to Gujarat on
pre-discounted crude price beginning from February 1,
2014," he said adding Assam has been denied this