APCNGA expresses concern over malfunctioning Ogra

September 4, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Peshawar: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Wednesday expressed grave concern over state of affairs in the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority and asked the government to take steps to restructure and revive the dysfunctional institution.

As per the provisions of the law the regulator must have nod of three of the four members on the Ogra Board to reach any decision while there are only two working members since last one and a half year, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA.

He said that the Chairman and Vice Chairman Ogra have been taking some decisions in their own interest avoiding major decisions. On the other hand, Member Finance and Member Gas were barred from working by Supreme Court and NAB; later has retired recently.

Top officials of the Ogra would only move in the personal interest ignoring to act in the interests of masses and their lethargy is taking toll on oil and gas and CNG sectors, he said adding that they have a big list of excuses to delay important decisions imperative for the survival of CNG industry.

Ghiyas Paracha said that at least three members on the Ogra board must agree to give legal cover to a decision but currently all the decisions are being taken by Chairman Ogra and Member Oil. The Board should be completed immediately, he demanded.

Similarly, there are many other important vacancies lying vacant in the Ogra where officials have been delaying everything on one pretext or other including the Supreme Court decisions and policy guidelines from the ministry concerned.

Paracha demanded of the government to revive Ogra by appointing honest and competent officials or promoting officers on merit to streamline working of regulator and settle issues pending since long.

Urgent restoration of Ogra has become imperative as country has been facing worst energy crisis which cannot be overcome in presence of an impotent regulator where professional and competent officers have been side-lined, he said.

The leader of the CNG sector said that eighty million people using CNG directly or indirectly have been paying price illegalities committed by Ogra top brass, blatant violation of Ogra Ordinance despite Supreme Court’s directives and inaction of the authorities since long.