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Government adopts revenue sharing model for auctioning 69 small oil and gas fields

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: The Modi government has decided to replace the existing production sharing model with revenue sharing model while auctioning 69 small oil and gas fields.

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This decision by the government is likely to benefit explorers and will help in harnessing the hydrocarbons worth Rs 75,000 crores, according to a report in the Times of India.

Since 1999, around nine rounds of auctions have been conducted in which 254 blocks have been auctioned under the production-sharing regime. In this model, the companies share their profit with the government in a graded manner. Also, the government sets the price and decides the buyers to whom the companies must sell.

In the new revenue sharing model, the bidder who offers the highest revenue to the government and shows maximum commitment to work wins the bid. The government is likely to give 80% weightage to the revenue shared and 20% weightage to work commitment. Further, no restrictions will be placed on pricing or marketing.

The new model is more beneficial than the old model as it is simple and more transparent, it minimizes the need for government monitoring, and importantly it protects government’s interest in both high and low oil-price scenarios. It also removes the disputes that arise during cost-recovery.

But, it has few limitations as well. It will not provide cover for risk capital exploration and may become useful for only the smaller blocks and not mainstream blocks due to India’s low prospectivity, according to TOI report.

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Survey Shows That More Women Support Live-in Relationships in India

For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

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For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

Inshorts, a news app, conducted a poll in the second week of May capturing the views of 1.4 lakh netizens — 80 per cent being in the age group of 18-35 years, read a statement.

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According to the survey, more than 80 per cent millennials think that live-in relationships are still considered a taboo in Indian society while more than 47 per cent Indians are of the opinion that marriage is better when choosing between marriage and lifelong live-ins.

More than 80 per cent Indians said that they do support live-ins as a way of life. Out of these, 26 per cent millennials went a step ahead and said that they would choose lifelong live-ins as an option over marriages.

On the other hand, 86 per cent Indians are of the opinion that lust is not the sole reason behind live-ins and more than 45 per cent say that it is more of compatibility testing before marriage.

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In the report, 45 per cent respondents have also said that since Indian society constantly judges unmarried couples staying together, any move by the judiciary to support this will not have any effect on their mindset.

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Azhar Iqubal, CEO and Co-founder, Inshorts said: “Live-in relationships, even after being legally recognised by the government, is a forbidden subject of discussion in Indian households. Our current survey was focused on capturing the sentiments of our Indian youth on such delicate issues.” (IANS)

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