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Cabinet approves proposal to permit GAIL to sign agreement on TAPI Gas pipe line project

The Union Cabinet approved the proposal of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas to permit GAIL India Limited to sign the Gas Sale & Purchase Agreement (GSPA) with TurrnenGas, Turkmenistan's national oil company, for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project.

The TAPI Gas Pipeline is envisaged to be 1680 Kms in length (144 Km in Turkmenistan, 735 Km in Afghanistan & 800 Kms in Pakistan) with a capacity of 90 (Million Metric Standard Cubic Meter Definition) MMSCMD of gas, with 38 MMSCMD each for India and Pakistan and the remaining 14 MMSCMD for Afghanistan.

The Pipeline is expected to be operational in 2018 and supply gas over a 30 years period. The source of the gas is the South Yoiotan Osman field, recently renamed Galkynysh, which has been certified by a reputed international consultant to be holding proven recoverable gas reserves of 16 trillion cubic metres.

The provisions of the GSPA have been structured to protect India's commercial interests as India is at the tail end of the pipeline.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have committed to the safety and security of the pipeline through the Inter-Governmental Agreement and the Gas Purchase Framework Agreement signed among the four countries in December, 2010.

The Cabinet also approved Grant of Ration Money Allowance to the Non-Gazetted personnel of Andaman & Nicobar Police, including personnel of India Reserve Battalion. The grant of Ration Money Allowance at the rate of Rs.1697/-per month per head to the non-gazetted personnel of A&N Police and such personnel of India Reserve Battalions (IRBn) as are posted in Andaman & Nicobar Islands comes with immediate effect.

The revision of the rate of Ration Money Allowance from time to time in accordance with the same formula as is currently applicable to the non-gazetted personnel of Central para military forces.

This will fulfill a long pending demand of the non-gazetted police personnel and personnel of IRBn posted in the Union Territory and bring them at par with the personnel of Delhi Police.



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