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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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India Says Pakistan’s Links with Pulwama Attack Clear For All to See

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits

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"The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.", says Jaitley. Pixabay

India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the Pulwama terror attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday termed as “preposterous” the demand for an investigation, saying there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The spokesperson said India has not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on bilateral relations and it has been sheltering terrorists and terror organisations such as JeM. He said Islamabad has not taken any action against such groups despite international demands.

India also demanded that Pakistan take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control to create a conducive atmosphere in the region free of terror.

The spokesperson’s response came over Pakistan Foreign Secretary’s briefing rejecting Pakistan’s involvement in the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 45 troopers. Janjua met envoys of P-5 countries late on Friday.

The spokesperson said JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”. Pixabay

“The organisation and its leadership are located in Pakistan. LeT and other terror groups have welcomed the news of the attack. These groups are also based in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot claim that it is unaware of their presence and their activities.

“They have not taken any action against these groups despite international demands, especially against groups and individuals proscribed by the UN and other countries. The links to Pakistan are clear and evident for all to see. Its own Ministers have shared the same podium with UN proscribed terrorists,” the spokesperson said.

He said there was audio-visual material linking JeM to the terror attack.

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“The demand for an investigation is preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM. There are also other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack. We have therefore no doubt that the claim is firmly established,” the spokesperson said.

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits.

“We have not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on relations with India. What we have noticed however, are claims to offer dialogue on the one hand, while sponsoring and sheltering terrorists and terrorist organisations such as JeM on the other,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)