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Oil fields allocated for State: Pandey

(Left) Secretary to the GoI, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, R S Pandey IAS along with Secretary, K T Sukhalu IAS at Dimapur airport on Sunday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Nov 29 (NPN):
Published on 30 Nov. 2009 12:26 AM IST
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Former Chief Secretary of the state and current union secretary Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, R S Pandey, said that the oil fields identified in Nagaland have already been allotted for exploration and for which the state government was trying to bring about early resolution of local issues with the ONGC. Pandey said this on arrival at Dimapur airport by chopper on Sunday evening to attend the VDB & Communitisation conference at Ganeshnagar commencing from November30–December1. The union Secretary was received by K.T.Sukhalu Secretary Inf. & Higher Technology and FCS and other officials. Asked about steps taken by the Centre after the recent incident of blasts in Assam where 12 railway tankers were targeted, Pandey informed that the project for laying the oil pipelines, which is also cheaper, has been completed and that transportation by railway has been reduced to minimal. Pandey, who had made a stopover at Numaligarh also informed that the four oil refineries in Assam were producing around 7 million tonnes per annum. However, due to low consumption in the region the rest were transported to other parts of the country. He also said that the production at Numaligarh oil refinery was not upto its capacity and steps were being taken to improve the production. Visibly happy to be in Nagaland, Pandey remarked “ it is like coming back home. My heart has always been here”. Pandey is the brain behind ‘communitisation’ in Nagaland and this was recognized when the state Government won the UN award for public service. Nagaland was the lone winner in Asia Pacific region.

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