New gas sup­ply plan for in­dus­try to al­lay anx­i­ety of busi­ness­men: CM

The Pak Banker - - National - St af f Re­porter

LA­HORE: Chief Min­is­ter Pun­jab Muham­mad Shahbaz Sharif has said that he is thank­ful to Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yousuf Raza Gil­lani for ac­cept­ing the stance of Pun­jab on the is­sue of load­shed­ding of gas and an­nounc­ing that in­dus­trial sec­tor of the prov­ince will be pro­vided suigas for five days in a week. He said that this de­ci­sion of the Prime Min­is­ter will not only put an end to the con­spir­a­cies to weaken the fed­er­a­tion but will also al­lay the mis­giv­ings and anx­i­ety of in­vestors and the labour­ers in the prov­ince and thereby avert a cri­sis.

He was ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in La­hore af­ter hold­ing a meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter in Is­lam­abad. The Chief Min­is­ter said that the is­sue of load shed­ding of gas had as­sumed se­ri­ous pro­por­tions in Pun­jab and a dis­crim­i­na­tory at­ti­tude was be­ing adopted to the prov­ince with re­gard to sup­ply of gas for the last 15 days.

He said that this sit­u­a­tion had brought in­dus­trial sec­tor to the verge of dis­as­ter as ex­port or­ders were be­ing can­celled and 15 mil­lion work­ers had been af­fected. He said that in­dus­tries were clos­ing down due to sus­pen­sion of gas and lakhs of work­ers had lost their jobs. He said that sus­pen­sion of in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties and un­em­ploy­ment of the in­dus­trial work­ers is a big loss to the coun­try. He said that his meet­ing with t he Prime Min­is­ter had been very fruit­ful and he re­dressed the griev­ances of Pun­jab with re­gard to sup­ply of gas.

He said that Pun­jab con­trib­utes 60% share in GDP and 80% in tex­tile in­dus­try and if the ex­port or­ders of Pun­jab were can­celled and t he i ndus­tries were closed down it would have been very un­for­tu­nate.

He said that there can­not be two opin­ions about the fact that there is a big gap in de­mand and sup­ply of gas but it is un­fair to make any one prov­ince bear the brunt of it.

He said that Pun­jab's in­dus­trial re­quire­ment of gas is 600\mmcf while it is be­ing given only 180mmcf gas. He said that Petroleum Min­is­ter had vis­ited La­hore on his in­vi­ta­tion re­cently and dur­ing a meet­ing with in­dus­trial and traders he had an­nounced that a uni­form for­mula will be adopted for the load shed­ding of gas.

He said that it was a good de­ci­sion but un­for­tu­nately it was not im­ple­mented. He said that ECC had also de­cided that there will be two days' load shed­ding of gas through­out the coun­try and the fed­eral min­is­ter had also agreed with the stance of Pun­jab with re­gard to sup­ply of gas.

LA­HORE: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Trade Makhdoom Amin Fa­heem ad­dress­ing the mem­bers of All Pak­istan Tex­tile Mills As­so­ci­a­tion at APTMA of­fice. -On­line

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