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Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, union minister for state Rameswar Teli and OIL CMD Sushil Chandra Mishra during the foundation stone laying ceremony in Guwahati | CMO, Assam

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma laid the foundation stone for Oil India Limited’s office-cum-skill development institute complex at Bamunimaidan, Guwahati on June 22.

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The multi-storeyed structure, to be completed at the cost of Rs 200 crores on land measuring 5 bighas of land which has been allotted by the Assam government to the public sector oil major through a land-lease agreement, is slotted to serve the twin purpose of being an office of Oil India as well as a skill-training institute.

Chief minister Sarma said: “I am confident this upcoming structure would provide a major boost to the business expansion plans of Oil India Limited,” adding, “The public sector oil major expanding its businesses has both direct and indirect positive impact on Assam’s economy. In days to come, I would like to see it (OIL) playing a larger role in the growth story of Assam that is being witnessed of late.”

“OIL has made immense contributions towards socio-economic development in the state. Be it providing direct or indirect livelihood, or awarding royalty, or coming forward with corporate social responsibility-related activities, the role of Oil India is immense,” Sarma added.

Lauding Oil India Limited for coming up with the Skill Development Institute at the upcoming structure, Sarma stated: “The Skill Development Institute, when it starts operating, would play a great role in human resource development involving the state’s youths. It would also go a long way in realising Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s dream of a skilled India and an Atmanirbhar Bharat.”

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The chief minister, during his speech, praised the role of Oil India Limited chairman and managing director Sushil Chandra Mishra for his handling of the Baghjan oil-field fire incident.

“CMD Sushil Chandra Mishra deserves special mention for the leadership skills he displayed during the Baghjan incident. Credit goes to him for controlled the situation with minimal losses to the people as well as the organization,” the chief minister stated.

Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Rameswar Teli, OIL director (finance) Harish Madhav, director (operations) Pankaj Kumar Goswami, director (exploration) Manash Kumar Sarma were also present on the occasion.

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