Islamabad: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that facilitating the common man and provision of basic facilities like gas and electricity at their door step is the top priority of the present government. He said that the government is fully cognizant of the issues faced by the common people to get basic facilities. He directed the SNGPL to complete the ongoing GAS Projects within stipulated timelines. He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting to review the progress on the Gas Development Scheme being carried out across the country in the parliament house today.
The speaker said that the close collaboration between OGRA and SNGPL is pre-requisite for early completion of gas projects in the country. He stressed on the need to take proactive steps to remove all obstacles on the way of provision of basic facilities to common people like gas meters hassle free. He said that it has been the top priority of the government to resolve the issues faced by common people. In order to ensure the smooth completion of ongoing projects he planned to have follow up meeting on coming Friday in this regard.
The Speaker directed the SNGPL to apply for the enhancement in the number of new gas connection to be provided after completion of the Gas Schemes. He also directed OGRA to accede to the request of SNGPL at the earliest subject to the fulfillment of procedural requirements.
Federal Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan ensured the Speaker that the all concerned department would make all out efforts for provision of gas connection across the country. He appreciated the worthy Speaker’s concerns in this regard. The Minister for Defence Pervaiz Khattak seconded to the observations of the Speaker. He said that SNGPL should prioritize gas development schemes for which funds had already been allocated and released.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Defence Pervaiz Khattak and Federal Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan, Chairperson OGRA, General Manager Coordination SNGPL, Director General Gas M/o Energy were also present in the meeting.