Imran Khan tells provinces to make national interest priority
Prime Minister Imran Khan said the federal government and provinces must have to see the national interest and there should be a national debate and consensus on all major issues for equitable growth, 24NewsHD TV channel reported.
He was addressing a seminar on Natural Gas Supply arranged by the Petroleum Division in Islamabad on Wednesday.
“I believe there should always be a debate on all major problems,” the premier said that
Prime Minister Khan said the reason behind China’s phenomenal growth is because Chinese Communist Party’s meritocracy and long term development planning.
He also cited the Brexit (Britain exit from European Union) debate in England that how a complex debate turned out to be a consensus for the nation and proved to be the beauty of democracy.
“Eventually there must be national interest along with the provincial interests”, he stressed.
Khan directed Federal Minister for Energy Omer Ayub to chalk out a compressive plan for the gas sector with consensus from all stakeholders and all provinces. Imran Khan also cautioned that due to poor planning Pakistan always faces a gas deficit crisis in winters.
He said only 27 percent households have access to gas provision in our country and the remaining rely on the LPG cylinders which is four times more expensive than the piped gas. He pointed out that the indigenous gas reserves are depleting and the country is now importing the gas.
The prime minister, however, said there is a big difference in the price of domestic gas and the imported gas and resultantly there is an increase of circular debt in the gas sector.
“We are grateful to the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for renegotiating the contracts with the government,” Imran Khan said.
Talking about who should get subsidy and who should not, Imran Khan said subsidy should be given for wealth creation but unfortunately in Pakistan those people are taking subsidies that are already powerful.
“If Pakistan had taken decisions four decades ago, then we may have not faced such difficulties today,” Imran Khan further said.