Amid an aroused brouhaha over the government’s move to hand over 69 oil wells to private companies in Assam, a section of economists have thrown their weights behind the decision.
Talking to Assam Times noted economics Gautom Prasad Baroowah said,” to extract crude for marginal field well is expensive. The government would spend huge money from tax payers fund. The rate of return could be minimal.”
According to Baruah, “instead of incurring huge expenses government can allocate these source of marginal crude well to private party and earn huge money and reinvest it for development of new fields and earn better profit.” Baroowah observed that vigilance is the price of liberty. Reinvestment must be proper, transparent and efficient.
The Union cabinet recently gave its approval to the Marginal Fields Policy, for development of hydrocarbon discoveries made by national oil companies; Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd. (OIL). These discoveries could not be monetized for many years due to various reasons such as isolated locations, small size of reserves, high development costs, technological constraints, fiscal regime etc.
Under the new policy, 69 oil fields which have been held by ONGC and OIL for many years, but have not been exploited, will be opened for competitive bidding. Under this policy, exploration companies will be able to submit bids for exploiting these oil fields. These oil fields have not been developed earlier as they were considered as marginal fields, and hence were of lower priority.
6 Mar 2009 - 12:25am | editor
Guwahati Press Club with the support from ERD Foundation, Guwahati has declared a short term fellowship programme to study various aspects of pavement dwellers (primarily beggars) of the city. The one and half month long fellowship is expected to provide space for the journalist to go for an in-depth study (and report) about the issue. The fellow will try to analyze the reason behind their homelessness, categorization and also the security aspect of the homeless persons in Guwahati.
The selected fellow will be offered Rs 15,000 as remuneration. At the end of the fellowship, (s)he has to submit a comprehensive report (of not less than 5000 words) on the issue (preferably in English ) to the press club, which may be brought out in printed form later.
Interested journalists (preferably from Guwahati) are requested to send the application with a brief CV and a sample report (of any issue) to the office of Guwahati Press Club on or before March 13, 2009.
31 Jul 2008 - 2:02pm | editor
The Indira Gandhi National Open University registered 78.2% pass percentage in the ‘Certificate in Primary Education Programme’ of the university in December 2007 examination the results of which were recently declared.
According to information, the teacher training package, which is specially designed by IGNOU for the north-eastern region, is a joint initiative of MHRD, Sarba Shiksha Abhijan and IGNOU to enhance the professional competency of teachers and clear the backlog of untrained primary teachers in the region. A total of 4000 teachers were deputed by Sarba Shiksha Abhijan (Assam) for the training for the academic year 2007-2008.
With the aim to strengthen and to take disciplinary action against the congress men (?) who are tarnishing the image of congress party with the involvement in antiparty activities, a eleven member ‘Disciplinary Action committee’ is formed with Sri Hamjanan Langthasa, Executive Member, Dima Hasao Autonomous Council as convenor in a crucial meeting held at Rajiv Bhawan, Haflong on Tuesday.
The meeting was presided over by Sri Nalendra Karigapsa, President, Dima Hasao DCC(I) wherein all the presidents/secretaries of Block, Mandal, Mahila and Youth congress(I) were present. Besides the Chairman, Executive Member and elected members of Dima Hasao Autonomous Council were present.
At the out set the reported resolution taken by the Parliamentary committee of Dima Hasao Autonomous Council held on February 3 at Jatinga to replace the present DCC(I) Sri Nalendra Karigapsa was discussed which was vehemently opposed by the house terming the attempt of replacement of as unconstitutional. They said no parliamentary committee can take any decision against the party. Several congress members express serious concern over the unjust interference of Sri Y L Karna and Sri Rana Khan in Dima Hasao DCC (I) for their personal gains and demanded immediate replacement of both Sri Y L Karna and Sri Rana Khan. Some members did not hesitate to warn that the Dima Hasao DCC(I) would not be responsible, if any thing happen to these duo for their any interference in Dima Hasao DCC(I). The limit of their tolerance has crossed the line so far, the congress men of Dima Hasao are not in mood for any compromise in regards to the congress (I) image in the district.
Talking to the media persons, Sri Hamjanan Langthasa disclosed that this committee has been formed as per party constitution and no body will be spared if found guilty or in any anti party activities, because no body in party is above the party constitution.
Sri Nalendra Karigapsa President, DCC(I) said on February 3, the Parliamentary Committee of DHAC has taken a resolution to replace him and a panel of four persons-Sri Prakanta Warisa, Kalijay Sengyung, L. Nampui and Moril Massa has been sent to APCC(I) which has no importance as he believes the APCC(I) will never consider their plan since this attempt of so called leaders is unconstitutional.
Sri Depolal Hoaji, Chairman, DHAC appealed to all the members present to extend their co operation and to fight against such anti people forces unitedly so that the Dima Hasao DCC(I) could be strengthened. Some other argued how the newly joined members who have not completed 3 years as congress member could be allowed to claim post of office bearers in congress since the party constitution does not allow any member who have not completed at least 3 years in congress party. Therefore if any such new comer awarded with such important post in the committee will surely destroy the party image as well as party unity.