Police beat up people protesting privatisation of oil sector at Assam

Dispur, June 25: Police on Saturday baton-charge farmers protesting privatisation of oil sector in Assam at a roadshow for auctioning of 67 oilfields.

Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan had on Friday said that the leasing for the oilfields would begin in July this year

Annoucing that the ministry was trying to make Assam a hub of petroleum products for Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, Pradhan said that the government has discovered 67 small oilfields across the country and Assam has 12 of them.

“We have divided them into eight clusters and the process for leasing these small oilfields will start from mid July this year,” he said.
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