Govt mulling over framework for gas connections to domestic consumers

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Efforts being made to lift ban on new gas connections: NA told

ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 (APP): Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan Wednesday said the government was mulling over a mechanism to provide gas connections to domestic consumers.
Speaking in the National Assembly during Question Hour, the minister
the LNG (liquefied natural gas) imported to Pakistan was being provided to CNG (compressed natural gas), fertilizers and power sectors. By the time it was not provided to domestic consumers, he added.
He said it was under consideration of the government to provide new connections to the consumers but the gas shortage was the major hurdle. “Therefore, a mechanism is under consideration and a framework is expected within next couple of months.”
Answering a supplementary question, the minister informed the House
that companies working in gas sector had been directed to facilitate local people in their areas of operation with appropriate jobs.
However, in some cases where the expert professionals were not
available in respective areas of operation, they were recruited from other areas, he added.
He said as far as routine labour or technical staff was concerned,
they were hired by nearby areas of the place of operation by the gas exploration companies.
Responding to another question, Law Minister Zahid Hamid said the information required about dual nationality of superior courts judges
was still awaited and as soon as it was received, it would be placed before the House.
When the Deputy Speaker questioned about the reasons of delay, the minister said the government has sent them a reminder and “that is all
we can do in this regard.”