Govt ac­cords pri­or­ity to do­mes­tic con­sumers

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - IS­LAM­ABAD—

State Min­is­ter for Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Jam Ka­mal Khan has said the gov­ern­ment is ac­cord­ing top pri­or­ity to do­mes­tic sec­tor and that all pos­si­ble steps are be­ing taken for the pro­vi­sion of gas to its con­sumers. Tak­ing no­tice of re­ports of clo­sure of gas sup­ply to do­mes­tic con­sumers in Quetta and Karachi, he said that di­rec­tives had been is­sued to the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Sui South­ern Gas Com­pany Lim­ited (SSGC) to take all pos­si­ble steps for en­sur­ing the com­mod­ity in th­ese cities, says a press re­lease. He said that Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi was also mak­ing ef­forts and di­rect­ing for pro­vi­sion of gas to do­mes­tic con­sumers and he was also in touch with the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tors of two gas util­i­ties to en­sure gas for the do­mes­tic con­sumers. Faisal­abad: Load shed­ding of gas will be elim­i­nated com­pletely by the next sea­son as the gov­ern­ment is adding more gas to the sys­tem. This was stated by MNA Haji Muham­mad Akram An­sari, Chair­man Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee for Fi­nance, while ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of the Pak­istan Yarn Mer­chants As­so­ci­a­tion (PYMA) here on Mon­day. Haji Akram An­sari said that at present in­dus­tries were be­ing pro­vided with gas for seven hours daily de­spite its se­vere de­mand for do­mes­tic con­sump­tion. He said that there was lack of wa­ter flow in the rivers due to which the coun­try was fac­ing an elec­tric­ity short­fall of 4,000 megawatt. PYMA Chair­man Abaidul­lah Sheikh said that it was a great achieve­ment of the present gov­ern­ment that Pak­istan had been granted GSP Plus sta­tus and Pak­istani traders should avail the op­por­tu­nity.—APP

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