Kolkata:Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) has said subsidy burden is now almost becoming backbreaking, hinting subsidy bill for the upstream oil and gas major may swell.

“Subsidy burden is now almost becoming backbreaking. They are saying that this year’s burden (combined) will be around 1,40,000 crore," ONGC chairman and managing director, Sudhir Vasudeva, said on Thursday evening when asked about subsidy and under-recovery situation.

Speaking on the sidelines of Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI) annual conference in Kolkata, Vasudeva said, “Ultimately what is important is how much the government is looking to take the burden. If the government passes everything to us, then what happens?"

ONGC’s subsidy during first half of the current fiscal had been to the tune of 23,400 crore, Vasudeva said. Due to weak rupee and rising crude price, the overall under-recovery for oil marketing companies (OMCs) in the current financial year may touch 1,40,000 crore from 80,000 crore as pegged in the begining of this fiscal.

Speaking about the the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Petrovietnam in which it was offered 5 blocks to ONGC Videsh, Vasudeva said, “Now the blocks have been offered. Unless we see the blocks, the size, the prospectivity, etc. nothing can be said on projected investment in these blocks."