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Power supply to be ensured on sustainable basis: PM

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf Thursday appreciated the successful efforts of the Ministries of Water and Power and Petroleum to reduce the energy shortfall in the country from 8,000MW to around 4,000MW, and said it was imperative that the momentum of progress made be maintained.

Presiding over the Energy Committee meeting at the Prime Minister’s House, the premier directed the ministries to maintain the surge in power generation, adding that there was no going back as far as power generation was concerned: “The challenges posed by seasonal changes must also be addressed well in advance and power supply should be ensured on sustainable basis,” he maintained. He said that electricity was his number one priority, and he was fully confident that the new team would undertake to find a sustainable solution to the energy crisis with due commitment and responsibility.

Prime Minister Ashraf directed the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to ensure an uninterrupted supply of fuel to the power sector. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain briefed the premier about arrangements made in this regard, including covering the risk of any unforeseen eventuality.

The meeting was also attended by Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Law Minister Dr Farooq H Naek as well as the secretaries of relevant ministries.On Thursday Prime Minister Ashraf also presided over a meeting attended by various ministers as well as the Ogra chairman to discuss and ensure the fast-tracked import of LNG and LPG into the country in a transparent manner.

Keeping in view the urgency of the situation, the prime minister constituted a committee headed by Law Minister Farooq H Naek and comprising the law and petroleum secretaries as well as the Ogra chairman. The prime minister tasked the committee to prepare a self-contained working paper within two days suggesting measures on how to import LPG and LNG into the country during the next two to three months to help overcome the winter gas shortage.

Earlier, Minister for Human Resource Development Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain, Bait-ul-Maal MD Zamurrud Khan and Chairman EOBI Zafar Gondal also called on the prime minister. The EOBI chairman presented Prime Minister Ashraf with a cheque of Rs100 million for the Pakistan Sweet Homes project, contributed by employees of the EOBI.

Meanwhile, a group of current and former MNAs including Jamshed Ahmad Dasti, Nazeer Ahmad Jatt, and Nawabzada Ghazanfar Gul also separately called on the premier and apprised him of various development projects in their respective constituencies.

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