Assam Govt Plans to groom local experts to tackle gas well mishaps

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal through video-conference and reviewed the progress of control measures being carried out at Baghjan gas well, which erupted into flames on June 9 along with government relief operations to provide succour to the affected families.

Chief Minister Sonowal has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to upgrade the Petroleum Technology Department of Dibrugarh University so that it can groom experts locally who could tackle incidents of this kind successfully.

He observed that such an effort would help in taking expeditious measures without waiting for foreign experts at the time of such incidents in future.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan while taking part in the discussion briefed the Prime Minister about various steps taken by his ministry.

Earlier, Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas made a presentation on the entire blow out incident and steps taken by the ministry. Prime Minister Modi speaking at the video conference expressed Government of India’s solidarity with the affected families. He said that the Union Government would take all necessary steps for compensation, relief and rehabilitation of the affected families. The Prime Minister also assured that the Central Government would take all precautionary measures to minimize the possibility of any such incident in future.

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