Itagar, Feb 4: Aruchal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chow Mein on Friday urged upon the officials of Oil India Limited (OIL) to resume oil operation in the state and also to explore areas from where oil and tural gas can be extracted. In a meeting with the officials of Oil India Limited, Mein said that the operation of oil extraction and setting up of oil and tural gas plant in the state would lead to more business activities which would add to the economy of the people, an official report informed. “It will help in setting up of more industries as power will be generated from the oil and tural gas plant which in turn will provide employment opportunities to the unemployed youths of the state,” the deputy chief minister added.
Mein also asked the OIL officials to take up social welfare activities for the people of the area under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
The deputy chief minister assured to take up the issues pertaining to Ningru Extension Petroleum Mining Lease (PML) in Changlang and msai districts of the state with the chief minister as the forest clearance of the projects which is a requisite for the re-grant of PML to OIL is pending with the union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. He also discussed issues regarding proposal for setting up of 10 MW tural Gas Plant at Kumchai under Diyun Circle of Changlang district and asked the officials to expedite the formalities for setting up the plant.
Geology & Mining Minister Kamlung Mossang who was also present in the meeting, urged the OIL officials to take up more employable activities in their area of operation and to reserve seats for the Aruchal youths.
General Mager of Oil India Limited Duliajan A K Baruah, while informing that the company submitted the requisite forest clearance proposal towards re-grant of Ningru PML in the year 2004 which is still pending with the union ministry and further requested the state government to take up the matter with the Centre. Planning Parliamentary Secretary Chow Zingnu mchoom, Commissioner (Geology & Mining) Hage Kojeen, msai deputy commissioner R K Sharma, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Omkar Singh, Power department chief engineer O Moyong and special secretary (Geology & Mining) Mitali mchoom also attended the meeting, the report added.