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Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua, IAS, on 13 July 2022 held a meeting with the ONGC CMD and Directors in New Delhi.

CMD Dr Alka Mittal and Assam Chief Secretary during the meeting CMD Dr Alka Mittal and Assam Chief Secretary during the meeting

During the discussion, Mr Barua evinced keen interest in ONGC employees working in Assam. He remembered some ONGC officers by name, a few of who were his batchmates at the University of Delhi. “ONGC has not only brought oil to Assam, but also easy money to the people here. Instead of militants, it is the local students’ associations that are gaining power in Assam now,” he said.

Mr Barua also spoke about the traditional social-cultural customs of Upper Assam. His knowledge of the origins of the ONGC campus in Nazira was praiseworthy. He enquired about the details of ONGC activities, especially near the Assam-Nagaland disputed border area belt (DAB). The Chief Secretary also enquired about ONGC’s drilling in Nagaland. Director (Exploration) responded to him with specifications about those areas under drilling.

Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua addressing the meeting Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua addressing the meeting

CMD and Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal, Director (Exploration) RK Srivastava, Director (T&FS) OP Singh, Director (Onshore) Anurag Sharma and Director (Finance) Pomila Jaspal were present at the meeting and discussed ONGC’s work in Assam and lives of ONGC people there. CMD informed the Chief Secretary about the details of those employees.

She informed the Assam Chief Secretary that Hon’ble Prime Minister is slated to inaugurate the second phase of ONGC Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sivasagar.

Amid the discussions, Director (Onshore) also shared the production figures of ONGC in Assam.

Executive Committee discussing about ONGC activities in the northeast with Assam Chief Secretary Executive Committee discussing about ONGC activities in the northeast with Assam Chief Secretary

CGM (Production) Prabal Sengupta gave a brief overview of ONGC, with specific focus on Assam. He talked about ways adopted to enhance oil production in 19 oil and gas fields in Nazira Asset, along with 12 fields in Jorhat and four gas fields in Silchar.

The futuristic strategies to enhance oil and gas production were also shared, including high-tech digital technological approaches as well as the challenges.

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