Petroleum Minister Murli Deora has written two separate letters to the Prime Minister’s Office and Comptroller and Audi General (CAG) clarifying his ministry’s stand on the ongoing controversy over the price and allocation of gas produced from Mukesh Ambani’s KG-D6 gas fields.
An August 27 letter to CAG Vinod Rai said his ministry would ensure unfettered access to accounts of private oil and gas contractors. CAG had last week written to the ministry saying Mukesh Ambani-led RIL expressed reluctance in providing access to records for the previous years till 2006-07.
“We have already given direction to the contractors to make available all materials sought by CAG,” Deora wrote. “In case your organisation faces any difficulty from any contractor, this may be brought to our notice. We shall ensure that audit by CAG would be conducted as required.”
In another letter to the PMO, Deora sought reconstitution of the empowered Group of Ministers EGoM to decide on allocation of gas from KG-D6 fields to new customers. Though contrary to the stand taken by his ministry earlier, Deora confirmed that he has written to the Cabinet Secretary for reconstitution of the EGoM on the lines of the previous EGoM headed by the then External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.