Legality of OGRA CNG decisions questioned

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) Wednesday said that country is being deliberately pushed towards an energy crisis.

Top officials of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (ORGA) have been acting as guardians of the interests of powerful oil lobby who are bent upon destroying Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) sector.

Decisions of the OGRA regarding CNG sector taken during last few calendar weeks are legally debatable, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.

He said that at least three people on the Orga board must agree to give legal cover to a decision but currently all the decisions are being taken by Chairman OGRA and Member Oil, who has also served as DG Oil in the petroleum ministry.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that appointment of the incumbent Chairman has been challenged in the Supreme Court citing lack of experience. Member Gas has been barred from working by the Cabinet Divisions while Member Finance has fled the country due to some serious charges.

The posts of Senior Executive Director (SED) Finance and SED Gas are also lying vacant in OGRA since long; he said adding that SED Finance Jawad Naseem has left the job while the later Sarfaraz Sheikh has been retired.

Absence of important officials has left the regulator impotent since two years multiplying problems of masses for which authorities are directly responsible, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal.

He said that those conspiring to deprive masses of economical fuel and force them to use costly imported products are aware that 3.7 million vehicles are using CNG, around one million people are directly or indirectly employed in this sector, public has invested billions in it while tens of millions get economical transportation facility on daily basis.

Supreme Court should foil conspiracies of oil mafia and collaborators who are misusing and overstepping authority to please some influential.


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