2 domestic, 19 foreign firms supplying fuel to PIA, NA told

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ISLAMABAD - Frontier Wotax had collected Rs 11,406 million from motorways on behalf of National Highway Authority, and FWO had received its share of Rs 2125 million out of the total collected amount. Minister for Defence, Syed Naveed Qamar, said on Thursday during the question hour, informing the Lower House that FWO was utilising its share of toll to pay salaries of staff and other expenses.

To another question, the minister said that currently two domestic oil companies Shell Pakistan and Pakistan State Oil and 19 foreign oil companies were supplying fuel to PIA planes.

Naveed Qamar told the house that Civil Aviation Ordinance, 1982, stipulates the responsibilities of Civil Aviation Authority, which include safety, efficiency and properly coordinated civil air transport in Pakistan. Provision of civil airports, aerodromes, air traffic services to aircraft, navigational services to aircraft, communication services etc were under the mandate of CAA, he said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources Rukhsana Jamshed Buttar while replying to a question told the National Assembly that Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) was facing major gas shortfall and only 1877 MMCFD gas was available for sales against demand of 2678 MMCFD. The company has to carry out load management in different sectors to meet the shortfall and save their system from collapsing, she said. The government is taking pragmatic steps to bridge the gap between demand and supply and vigorously pursing various projects including import of LNG and Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project.

To a question, the Parliamentary Secretary said that ban on import of CNG kits had restricted further usage of CNG in automobiles. She said that weekly three days CNG closure was being carried out to ensure gas supply to domestic consumers as in winter the demand has also increased.

Parliamentary Secretary for Science and Technology Lal Hussain informed the National Assembly that currently 78 items were covered under Compulsory Certification Marks Schemes of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA). In response to a question in Question Hour, he said that out of total 37 items were food items including edible oil. To another question, he said that the Ministry has taken various steps for promotion of science and technology in the country during the last four years. He also told the house that scientists had reservation about running vehicles on water as it was totally against the basic physics rules. He also said that some media groups aired such information without proper investigation into the matter.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary Farhat Khan told the House that 14 organisations were transferred to Ministry of National Heritage and Integration after 18th Amendment. She said that the Ministry was now tailoring all the important cultural and heritage issues to the needs and aspirations of the post 18th Amendment Federation as well as projecting soft images of the country abroad.

To a question, State Minister for Human Resources Development Chaudhary Ghayas Ahmad informed the House that Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) was providing various monetary benefits to eligible insured persons and their survivors.

Courtesy: The Nation

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