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Sindh wants its right on wind power recognised

The Chairman of the Sindh Board of Investment, Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, said on Monday that Sindh wanted its constitutional right on wind energy since it was a provincial subject.

Talking to The News, Motiwala said the province had been desperately pursuing wind energy projects to overcome energy problems, and that it wanted to see its jurisdiction over the renewable energy resources as per the spirit of the 18th Amendment recognized.

The SBI chief said the legislative list was silent over the subject of wind energy, and this silence had given the Centre a chance to take advantage of this lacuna. Meanwhile, expressing reservations over certain aspects of the alternative energy policy of the federal government, the Sindh government feared that the Centre might bring the subject of renewable energy under its own purview at the cost of the province, according to official sources and documents obtained by The News on Monday.

Sources told The News that the alternative and renewable energy policy drafted by the federal Ministry of Water and Power was expected to be placed before a meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) soon.

The contents of the proposed energy policy gave an impression that the Ministry of Water and Power had planned to ’federalise’ the subject of renewable energy, giving little or no role at all to the province concerned.

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