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Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat Meets
Thursday, 2nd September, 2021

Islamabad; September 2, 2021: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has asked Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to assert its regulatory authority and address the issue of overbilling by Gas Distribution Companies. The Committee observed that the genuine customers should not suffer on the pretext of faulty gas meters and gas pilferage. The Committee decided to call Chiefs of OGRA, SNGPL and SSGCL in its ensuing meeting to discuss the issue. The Committee met under the chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House, this morning.

The committee after discussion approved the Oil and Gas Regulatory (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which aims to ensure natural gas pricing on regular basis. After this amendment the OGRA shall eliminate gaps between regular, semi annual tariff determination and notification.

The Committee was apprised about the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which aims to bring entire Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Re-gasified Liquefied Gas (RLNG) licensing and pricing under regulatory framework of OGRA. It was further apprised that amendment in Question would further empower OGRA to determine and notify the RLNG sale price under the OGRA Ordinance, 2002. The Committee observed that Bill need further deliberation therefore, it would take up the same in its next meeting.

    The Committee after discussion disapproved the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021” moved by Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, MNA. The Committee was apprised that Bill in question aims in providing provincial representation in the OGRA. The Chairman OGRA contented that the OGRA deals with marketing and regulation of midstream and downstream gas and oil sectors, thus the amendment proposed by the MNA would change the structure of the Authority. He further informed that all the issues related to exploration of oil and gas are discussed in the Council of Common Interest, which has appropriate representation of the provinces.

    The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mover Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheal Das, Additional Secretary Cabinet Division, Chairman OGRA and other officers of concerned departments.