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ENPO rejects oil, natural gas regulations

Published on 18 Nov. 2012 12:30 AM IST
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Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO) Saturday rejected Nagaland Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulation 2012 (NPNGR 2012) and reiterated the organization’s position that there should be no exploitation of oil and natural gas or any other mineral deposits within ENPO jurisdiction.

In a statement, ENPO president P. Pongon Khiam and joint secretary Manglang Phom said the state government was aware of the organization’s stand and difficulties while stating that ENPO was well aware of the “potential socio-economic and developmental benefits” as it was not opposed to correct utilization of natural resources.

ENPO has requested the state government and stake holders to “bear with the public” of ENPO till such time when a “gradual and steady” consultations at all grassroots levels were arrived at taking into account “fairness of mutually acceptable” and agreeable principles were “fine tuned and worked out”.

ENPO also said that it also believed in systematic and sustainable approach towards exploitation and mining of natural resources inclusive of the fragile environment issues which were known by all. It has asked the government and stake holders to “honour” public sentiments and opinion of ENPO.

It may be mentioned that the draft NPNGR 2012 and the final report of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas was approved and adopted by voice vote on the second and last session of the Twelfth session of the 11th NLA on September 22 this year.

Planning minister T.R. Zeliang, who was also chairman of Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) on Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) laid copies of the final report of the (CSC) on (PNG) as well as NPNGR 2012 Friday which was later moved by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio Saturday. The House then approved  the Nagaland Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulation, 2012.

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