Dimapur, December 18: MP Lok Sabha, Tokheho Yepthomi has accused ONGC of exploiting natural resource of Nagas “quietly and silently” for the last 39 years.
“It is now 39 years where ONGC is busy extracting crude oil from Assam along the Nagaland boundary,” he said in a press release.
According to Tokheho, because of the unresolved Naga political issue and differences of opinion among various over ground leaders, the ONGC has been exploiting the natural resource of Nagas for the last 39 years.
The State Government has made several attempts for oil production within the State, however due to problems amongst the landowners the matter is now in Court, he said.
The MP informed that that he had raised an unstarred question on December 17 in the ongoing winter session of Parliament on whether oil is being extracted along Assam/Nagaland boundary and the quantum of oil extracted so far.
The Minister in the Minstry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradha did not give any details on the quantum of oil extracted along Assam-Nagaland boundary, he said.
Tokheho said ONGC initiated geological survey in the State of Nagaland along adjacent areas of Assam and drilled first well in 1973 in Nagaland. ONGC commenced crude oil production from Champang field in Nagaland in 1980-81. The cumulative crude oil production by ONGC from 1980-94 was 1.036 million metric tonnes (MMT).
The MP said the annual revenue of Nagaland State Government is barely Rs 400 crores per annum which is not even sufficient to pay 2 months salary to Government employees. “There is hue and cry that there is no development in the state, but until citizens respect government property and utilize our resources to build our future there will be no development in the state,” he added. (Page News Service)