GUWAHATI, March 19 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today commended the personnel of Indian Oil for efficient operation of its assets and contributing to the economic growth of the State, while he recalled the role of people whose demands led to the establishment of the Guwahati Refinery in 1962.
In a commemorative programme to celebrate its golden jubilee, organised by the refinery today, the Chief Minister underlined the need for energy security of the state and the country, and emphasized that all necessary steps should be taken to support the refineries processing petroleum products.
Addressing a large gathering of Indian Oil employees, which included its top officials, Gogoi recalled his involvement in the movement demanding the refinery for Assam. Paying rich tributes to political stalwarts such as Hem Baruah, he said that the demand for the first public sector refinery was the first mass movement in the State.
He appreciated the refinery’s efforts in maintaining high standards and induction of new technology, which have been replicated by larger refineries in India.
In his speech, the Chief Minister assured the Indian Oil personnel of necessary support and added that the issue of Excise duty will be taken up by his office with the authorities concerned.
Gogoi also spoke about clean technologies, which can benefit the State in the near future. In the backdrop of climate change, he said, clean and green technologies should be inducted.
Addressing the gathering RS Butola, Chairman of Indian Oil, mentioned the constant upgrades of the first private sector refinery of the country, and how it has set benchmarks in several fronts.
Referring to the Corporate Social Responsibility of Indian Oil, he stated that the Guwahati Refinery has been contributing to several areas, which included education, health, and environmental security.
State Minister of Social Welfare, Akan Bora, while appreciating the role of the Guwahati Refinery in contributing to social development, mentioned that that there exists more scope of reaching out to people.
A music album of regional compositions was released on the occasion. Before the programme, a mural created to mark the golden jubilee of the refinery was unveiled. Eminent artistes Ramen Choudhury and Pulok Gogoi were felicitated for their roles in these creative efforts.
It may be mentioned, the Guwahati Refinery produces various products and supplies them to Northeastern India as well as beyond, through the Guwahati-Siliguri Pipeline, spanning 435 km, which was the first pipeline of Indian Oil. Most of the products of Guwahati Refinery are evacuated through pipeline and some quantity through road transport.