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    Ministry forms high-level committee to examine Baghjan blowout

    The three-member expert committee will identify and submit a report on lapses if any in following the laid down protocols and procedures which led to the blowout. The committee will also recommend short and long-term measures to prevent recurrence of such events.

    Guwahati: The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Friday constituted a three-member high-level committee comprising Directorate General of Hydrocarbons’s Director General SCL Das, former ONGC chairman BC Bora and former ONGC director TK Sengupta to inquire about the circumstances that led to the blowout incident in Baghjan.

    The committee will be headed by the Director General, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons.

    The three-member expert committee will identify and submit a report on lapses if any in following the laid down protocols and procedures which led to the blowout. The committee will also recommend short and long-term measures to prevent recurrence of such events.

    Assam’s chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also ordered an inquiry into the Baghjan blowout and consequent fire on Thursday.

    Terming the blowout, a criminal negligence on the part of the Oil authority, Sustha Samaj Bikash Chakra president Apurba Kumar Baruah said, “With over more than a century of oil explorations in Assam and earning unbelievably huge revenues by the Govt of India and profit by companies, the explorers (both Government and private) could not develop expertise to control such emergencies. That itself ought to be a crime.”

    Baruah stressed that the Ministry of Petroleum and Gas cannot escape culpability. “Criminal proceedings should be drawn for the negligence of duty on the part of Oil officials in-charge, the disaster management departments of both Oil and local administration for failing to take prompt steps and, particularly, OIL for not developing required expertise in all these years of explorations to deal will emergencies of this kind,” Baruah added.

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