ISLAMABAD: Opposition members belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have submitted an adjournment motion to the National Assembly Secretariat seeking a debate on the suspension of gas supply to industries in Punjab causing loss of billions of rupees to the exchequer besides causing unemployment.
They have claimed that the federal government has forced a closure of industrial units in the province due to which thousands of people are losing employment. Moreover, the MNAs have alleged that the country is already reached on the verge of devastation due to electricity loadshedding, and now the present government has made the energy crisis worse making it difficult for the poor people to meet both ends meet.
“The suspension of gas supply to the industrial sector is badly affecting the economy and the country is being burdened under the foreign loans which can become a serious threat to the national security,” says the motion carrying the signatures of five PML-N MNAs.
Last week, the same number of MNAs had submitted an adjournment motion seeking debate on the reports that the energy sector’s circular debt had risen to Rs304 billion and that the petroleum ministry had sought the prime minister’s intervention into the matter. They had expressed their concern over the alleged inaction on the part of the government to resolve the crisis that could lead to the suspension of oil supply in the country.
“The total size of the circular debt which stood at Rs116 billion in April had exceeded to Rs304 billion which is not only creating difficulties for the state-run oil companies in purchasing oil, but the companies are now close to become defaulters,” says the motion. It further says that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had directed the ministries concerned to resolve the debt issue within 45 days and the finance ministry released Rs40 billion, but the debt has continued to rise in the absence of a “clear and durable planning.”