BP Plc and Niko Resources may have to join ongoing arbitration proceeding before the govt allows these cos to charge higher prices for their share of gas.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia believes energy pricing is a sensitive issue and during the election such things become even more controversial than normal.
Kelkar said committee requested AOGO to provide data & analysis of issues that affect the sector. These were included in its interim report, which was submitted to the govt in Jan.
Plan Panel deputy chairman says Election Commission should be consulted before announcing the final price as the model code of conduct is in place.
The cabinet approved higher gas prices for all producers but in view of the arbitration it said there would be a separate order for RIL.
The oil ministry blamed RIL for the fall in gas output, disagreeing with the company's view that production fell because of geological reasons.
BP today endorsed RIL view that it neither hoarded gas, nor can it be blamed for the sharp decline in natural gas output from the KG-D6 block.
RIL said it wouldn't take any such action. "There is no question of shutting down production," the company said in a statement emailed to ET.
Petrol is costlier by 73 paise a litre in Delhi and diesel by 57 paise from Saturday because of rising international prices of gasoline.
RIL alleged that the state-owned company was holding back data required to establish whether they have a common reservoir.
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