"We have formed a high-power committee, which will prepare a vision document in the next three months for the hydrocarbon sector of Assam," Pradhan told reporters here.

The document would focus on a roadmap for the next 25-30 years for increasing output of petroleum products in Assam and outline necessary investment for this, he said.

He further said: "Investment will go up in all divisions such as exploration, production, pipeline, refinery and marketing. A major thrust would be on enhancing the pipelines for carrying crude, product, natural gas and LPG."

Pradhan said supply of LPG in North East was a challenge and hence the ministry would invest in distribution of the fuel through pipeline.

 Talking about Assam's importance, the minister said "India's base hydrocarbon could be established only because of Assam's contribution. Oil was first explored at Digboi in Assam and the world's oldest refinery is still working there.

 "At present, our import dependence is 77 per cent. The Prime Minister has set a target to reduce it to 67 per cent by 2022 despite chances of existing 8 per cent demand growth rate touching a double digit by then.

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