NA committee directs gas companies to complete development schemes

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Energy, which met under the Chairmanship of Member National Assembly (MNA) Rana Afzaal Hussain in Islamabad on Tuesday, has directed Gas Distribution Companies to complete Gas Development Schemes under Prime Minister’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme within the stipulated timelines.

The committee while discussing the implementation status of its previous recommendations directed Gas Companies to initiate work on the development schemes for which funds have been released. Meanwhile, the committee expressed satisfaction on the pace of work on the schemes been carried out under the SDGs Programme.

The Committee while discussing the termination of services of Contractual Sub-Engineers by Gas Distribution Companies and issue of point to point pay fixation of sacked employees later re-instated under Sacked Employees Reinstatement Act, 2010, directed Petroleum Division to hold inquiry and submit its findings within three days.

The committee also directed Pakistan State Oil (PSO) management to re-assess the opening of PSO Depot in Kohat. The committee was apprised that the depot was closed down in 2008 after a terrorist attack.

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The committee disposed complaints filed by MNA Siraj Muhammad Khan and MNA Dr Shezra Mansab Ali Khan, on the assurance of the Managing Director for redressal of their complaints, regarding delay and mismanagement on Gas Development Schemes in their respective constituencies.

The meeting was attended by National Assembly Members Syed Muhammad Saqlain Shah Bukhari, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, Shehryar Afridi, and Petroleum Division additional secretary and senior officers of the concerned departments.

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