Islamabad: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Thursday said CNG sector is facing discrimination which has become unbearable in the province of Punjab.
The incumbent has disappointed us more than the former regime and that we will go to any length to get our rights, said the Central Chairman of APCNGA Pervaiz Khan Khattak while speaking at a hurriedly called meeting.
Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA, Senior Vice Chairman Brigadier Iftikhar, Chairman Punjab Mian Shahid, Ch Salahuddin, Captain Shuja and others were also present on the occasion.
Pervaiz Khattak said that CNG industry is facing conspiracies since long aimed at increased import of oil and gas in the country. Some elements enjoying windfall by buying natural gas at dirt cheap also want this sector destroyed, he said.
The leader of the CNG sector said that those buying gas at subsidized rates are being promoted while the sector paying highest prices and maximum taxes is being penalised which cannot be tolerated any more.
He pointed out that some elements in the bureaucracy are dancing on the tune of a mafia which has resulted in reduced CNG duration in Punjab during which decreased pressure has made life miserable for CNG operators as well as consumers.
“We will never allow destruction of CNG sector in the name of conservation of gas while the illegal-run private power plants that have wasted natural gas worth Rs 400 billion are being promoted,” said Khattak.
Reduction in the loadshedding is not possible unless the illegal power plants are closed as per the directions of the Supreme Court and recommendations of the Planning Commission, Ministries of Water and Power, Petroleum and Finance.
He noted that NAB has declared supporting the dysfunctional power plants as a national crime but the operators of these primitive and inefficient continue to get cheap gas, produce electricity at Rs 4 per unit and sell it at Rs 19 to make unbelievable profits.
Khattak said that it is amazing that Nepra and Ogra have decided to play as silent spectators in the whole episode which proves that national interests have been put on the backburner to nurture self-interest.
Private power plants that wastes up to 70 per cent of natural gas are responsible for loadshedding, reduced industrial and agricultural output and massive unemployment in the country.
CNG sector has no alternative for the natural gas while millions are benefitted from the economical fuel which must continue to serve the nation, he demanded.