ONGC apologizes over Rang Ghar

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Guwahati, Sep 4 (UNI) The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has today tendered unconditional apology for trying to drill too close to the Assam's biggest historical and iconic monument Rang Ghar.

CMD R S Sarma begged apology on behalf of ONGC to the people of Assam over the incident of installation of Rig by his organization near Rang Ghar in Sibsagar district in a high-level meeting held between the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers B. K. Handique and ONGC management yesterday at New Delhi.

According to an Assam Government release, during the meeting, Mr. Handique expressed his concern over the recent development vis-a-vis ONGC and local administration and also the installation of ONGC Rig near Rang Ghar and subsequent agitational programme against ONGC carried out by ATASU.

The Minister said the situation should have been cordially sorted out and confrontation could have been avoided.

Mr Sarma expressing gratefulness to the Union Minister, appologised on behalf of the ONGC incidents. He also admitted that it was the mistake on the part of ONGC to start operation at the site.

The CMD also assured that action would be taken against those officers who made statements in electronic media and press to say that the ONGC would suspend its operation in Assam.

He further assured that ONGC would take responsibility of all the monuments for their upkeep, maintenance, cleanliness, repair and also committed to contribute immediately to the State government for current flood situation in Assam.

The meeting was also attended by Shore A K Hazarika, Director and other high level officers of ONGC.

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