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OIL announces compensation to families of deceased


GUWAHATI, June 10 - The Oil India Limited today announced compensation to the two firemen of the oil exploration company who lost their lives at the Baghjan gas well blaze site.

Based on their years of service at Oil India, Rs 1 crore will be given to the family of Tikheswar Gohain and Rs 60 lakh to the family of Durlov Gogoi. Both the families would also receive pension and other financial benefits. Moreover, one eligible member from each family will be given a job in Oil India.

Senior officials of OIL made the assurance during a meeting with Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, who on Wednesday visited the Baghjan well site to take stock of the situation and assess the loss of the affected area and its people.

Patowary also held a series of meetings with the Tinsukia district administration, CMD and other top officials of Oil India, oilfield experts and representatives of various local organisations at Tinsukia.

The minister discussed in detail the Baghjan oil well fire incident and action plan for controlling the situation. It was decided that all possible help and care to the affected people of the Baghjan area will be taken by the Government of Assam and Oil India.

During the meeting with the minister, the OIL CMD assured that the fire at the well site will be doused within 21 days. The CMD also informed the minister that the two firemen would be posthumously given bravery award by the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

The oil company has already decided to give Rs 30,000 to each family displaced from their homes and living in relief camps. The amount will be deposited in the bank accounts of affected families.

In another meeting, it was decided that the Tinsukia DC will make an assessment of the loss of property following the well mishap. After assessment, the compensation amount will be paid by the OIL and the Government of Assam.

Patowary also visited the relief camps and interacted with the inmates. He assured the people that the Central and State governments will take necessary measures to help them in this crisis.

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