TINSUKIA: As a fallout of arbitrary release of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) funds and non-fulfillment of commitment by Oil India Limited (OIL), the Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia Narsing Pawar announced in clear terms that the CSR schemes will be executed as per CSR guidelines and Government norms.
Irked with DC's observations, the Moran bodies spontaneously issued a press release that created confusion among public which was not in conformity with the meeting proceedings and minutes released in press by administration for public appraisal on Friday.
Consequent upon the oil blockade on July 26, the administration issued show-cause notices to 6 Moran organizations namely All Moran Students' Union, Asom Moran Sabha, Moran Jatiya Mohila Parisad, Moran Sahitya Sabha, Sadou Moran Kala Sanskriti Bikash Kendra and Moran Jatiya Karmachari on July 29 furnishing OIL's loss due to single day blockade amounting to Rs 3.27 crore and recovery of Rs 54,60,667 from each organization followed by legal action for non-compliance in 3 days. The organizations replied to their show-cause notices and sat for tripartite meeting for amicable solution on August 3 convened by the Deputy Commissioner. These developments jolted the Moran community that was unexpected and never happened before.
The DC after hearing the grievances from representatives of different organizations opined that OIL will present all the CSR proposals of different organizations along with the fund available under CSR for the financial year in the meeting of all stakeholders and the meeting will decide and confirm the priority list of the works to be executed for the financial year, he said adding that 'no scheme will be submitted directly to the OIL authority and the Deputy Commissioner will take action against the defaulting persons including OIL management'. The OIL represented by the Resident Chief Executive (RCE) has reportedly agreed to such operation of CSR funds. Pawar futher instructed the RCE OIL to enhance the share of CSR fund for Tinsukia district as the district has been contributing major part of exploration to the extent of 60 per cent.
In respect of issue of law and order like road blockade, dharna, blockade of oil operation, the DC noted with caution that it will be handled as per provision of law and appealed to all organizations to refrain themselves from any kind of such activities that will hinder in maintaining peace and tranquillity in the region.
As regards to other issues like safety, development, compensation etc, the DC elaborated various schemes which are in the pipeline and requested OIL authority to fulfil the genuine demands.