Lok Sabha MP from Nagaland Tokheho Yepthomi. (File Photo)
Dimapur, December 18 (MExN): Due to unresolved Naga Political issue and differences of opinion among various over ground leaders, Nagaland has been losing vital oil revenue, the lone Nagaland Member Of Parliament (Lok Shaba) Tokheho Yepthomi maintained today.
He raised the issue of oil exploration in Nagaland through an Unstarred Question (No. 1093) at the ongoing winter session of Parliament on December 17, a press release from Tokheho informed.
The MP asked whether “oil is being extracted along Assam/Nagaland boundary and the quantum of oil extracted so far.”
In his reply, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Dharmendra Pradhan did not give “any details on the quantum of oil extracted along Assam – Nagaland boundary,” the MP added.
Tokheho also informed that the 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 oil field in Nagaland in 1980-81 and cumulative crude oil production from 1980-94 was 1.036 million metric tonnes (MMT), the MP maintained.
The issue, according to Tokheho, is that the ONGC had initiated geological survey in the state of Nagaland along with adjacent areas i.e. Assam and drilled the first well in Nagaland at Champang field in 1980-84 and the ONGC is “busy extracting crude oil from Assam along the Nagaland boundary” since then.
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 added.
In this regard, while noting that the annual revenue of Nagaland State Government is barely Rs. 400 Crores per annum, “not even sufficient to pay 2 (two) months salary” to Government Employees, the MP said that the citizens should “respect government property and utilize our resources to build our future there will be no development in the state.”