Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Sh Dharmendra Pradhan visited Jaipur,Rajasthan on September 9, 2015 to review oil and gas sector issues with the Government of Rajasthan led by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan.
Sh Pradhan attended a MoU signing ceremony organised by Government of Rajasthan during which 9 MoUs were signed with Public and Private sector oil and gas companies. Four PSUs ( IOC,ONGC,OIL and GAIL) signed MoUs regarding their existing and future activities in the state.
Addressing the gathering at the MoU signing ceremony Shri Pradhan applauded the contribution of Rajasthan in national oil and gas production. The state produces about 24% of national oil production and 3% of national gas production. He stated that the State has more potential and in coming years there will be enhanced oil and gas production activities.He assured that the Government of India under leadership of Prime Minister Hon’ble Narendra Modi is committed for cooperative federalism and the rights of people of Rajasthan will be protected at all costs. He also assured that all issues regarding the Petroleum Refinery (that is proposed to be set up in Barmer,Rajasthan but is languishing for long) will be resolved at an early date so that the refinery sees the light of the day.
Later Shri Pradhan co-chaired a meeting with Hon’ble Chief Minister Smt Vasundhara Raje Scindhia where various oil and gas issues including exploration and production, marketing, pipeline and refining were discussed. It was agreed to introduce various measures of ease of doing business to give a boost to this sector.
Shri Pradhan was accompanied by Additional Secretary (Exploration), Joint Secretary(Refinery), Joint Secretary (Marketing/Gas),CMDs of ONGC,GAIL,HPCL,EIL and senior officials from IOCL,BPCL and DGH. Chief Secretary of Rajasthan and senior officials attended the meetings.