Qaim orders setting up petroleum social development committees

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah Thursday asked relevant provincial government officials to set up petroleum social development committees in the province as per directives of court so that corporate social responsibility funds collected from oil and gas companies working in Sindh could be judicially spent for the uplift of masses.

Addressing a meeting held in this regard in the Chief Minister House, he said in Sindh the government collects two types of funds from the oil and gas companies: bonus production fund and corporate social responsibility fund. He said these funds should be spent on social uplift of the areas where these oil and gas companies operate. He said for a judicious spending of these funds it needs making petroleum social development committees comprised of elected representatives of these areas and other stakeholders.

He also told the meeting that the Sindh government has earmarked Rs165billion in the annual development program of 2013-14 and Rs20bn are also earmarked for development schemes of different districts. He also asked for making an evaluation committee for workers related to Thar coal project.

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