Trimming Ogra authority to open floodgates of corruption: IWCCI

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: The Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) said on Tuesday stripping Ogra of powers was a conspiracy hatched by influential to ensure freehand to the dishonest elements in the petroleum sector that are playing havoc with the country.

Advisor to the Prime Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr. Asim Hussain has been conspiring against Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to promote personal interests while spending too much time in blaming other for his failures, it said.

Ogra is not subservient to petroleum ministry and answerable to the Cabinet only but petroleum mafia continue to make childish plots against regulator in a bid to get blank cheque for exploitation, said Farida Rashid, President IWCCI.

Speaking to women entrepreneurs, she said that the campaign against Orga is also aimed at discouraging honest officers to total submission which is no more a possibility in the current set of events.

Farida Rashid said that the Adviser should demonstrate courage to admit his failures and stop placing blame elsewhere to get time to improve the prevailing situation.

She said that gas distribution companies have failed to stop theft of gas while the Adviser has been convincing government to provide Rs 7 billion subsidy to gas companies to overcome losses which is shocking as well as shameful.

Rejecting the repeated statements by Adviser regarding involvement of hundreds of CNG filling stations in gas theft, Farida said that he would not have confined his reaction to media statements only if there was any truth in the claims.

Government must clarify why it is not taking any action against violators and what is barring them from publication of lists of CNG outlets involved in theft with the names of operators and officials of the gas companies involved in the crime, the IWCCI president said.

Farida Rashid said that apart from business community and masses, the politicians linked to ruling coalition are also weary of the way energy sector has been handled as they fear a backlash from masses in the upcoming elections.

Adviser petroleum having the honour of only petroleum minister in the world who is a doctor has failed to stop theft or introduce any policy to stop dwindling growth rate. He has started defaming CNG sector to hide his helplessness and disappointments.

A strict action against theft of electricity over the years would have deterred those involved in gas theft to the tune of around 8.5 crore per day.

She stressed that Canadian nationals cannot be allowed to destroy Rs 400 billion investments in the CNG sector which is paying around Rs 86 billion in taxes, providing economical fuel and employment to millions.

Doctors should not try to manage critical energy sector like hospitals, clinics and dispensaries and stop playing havoc with countrys energy mix to fulfil personal ambitions, she demanded.

Rashid said that masses were relieved of billion in the name of illegal cess but there is no move so far for accountability or track the lavish spending. Masses will get relief only when a better and more accountable government is at the helm.


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