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    ULFA(I) warns OIL giants to ensure Indigenous People’s Rights on Natural Resources

    The outfit also asked the companies to sanction Rs 5 crore yearly for the overall development of the state and to flood victims

    GUWAHATI: Paresh Baruah led Ulfa (Independent) hardliner faction on Friday has asked all the top oil companies operating in the state to appoint indigenous people from the state and to ensure local people’s rights on the natural resources or to face consequences.

    The militant outfit in an email statement demanded all the three oil grants- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Oil India Limited (OIL)- to not only appoint indigenous persons from the state at its top posts but also to secure at least 95% jobs for locals.

    It also asked the three companies to release a report on its operation since inception and to the public how much natural resources of the state have been used so far and how much of them have been utilized by the people of Assam.

    “Regularize all jobs of indigenous people and provide pipe LPG connection to the entire state’s households,” the outfit chief Paresh Baruah said in the statement.

    The outfit also asked the companies to sanction Rs 5 crore yearly for the overall development of the state and to flood victims.

    “If not adhered to the demands, Ulfa (I) will launch its armed movement against the companies,” he warned in the statement.

    The statement came at a time when one of the three employees of ONGC who were kidnapped on April 21 from Lakwa oilfield in Sivasagar district along the Assam-Nagaland border, was still believed to be in Ulfa (I)’s custody. Though two of them were rescued from Nagaland earlier, the third one-Ritul Saikia- continued to be missing.

    While police said a rescue operation was on, Ulfa (I) denied having him in their custody. On Thursday, Saikia’s family members met chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and urged him to rescue Saikia.

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