Prime Minister chairs meeting to review energy situation

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani reviewed the steps taken by the Cabinet Committee on Energy to enhance power generation in the country while chairing a meeting of the Committee at PM’s House this afternoon.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Water and Power, Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Dr. Asim Hussain, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Deputy Chairman Planning, Dr. Nadeem ul Haq, Secretaries of the relevant Ministries and other high government officials.

The meeting was apprised that on the directions of the Prime Minister arrangements were being made to provide requisite natural gas to the power plants and the system would be fully operational within four to five days.

The Prime Minister directed that the Technical Sub-committee of the Energy Committee must meet on an immediate basis to remove bottlenecks in the way of importing of LNG and LPG and to present its report to the Cabinet for a decision.

The meeting also reviewed steps taken by different government departments for the conservation of energy.

The Prime Minister observed that rationalization of load shedding, proper load management and injection of additional mega watts in the system would provide relief to the people.

It was also decided to diligently pursue recovery of outstanding dues on account of the arrears from the defaulting Provincial Governments and government departments

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