Punjab industry to register FIRs against Govt.

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Punjab industry to register FIRs against govt if mills closed by force

Lahore : The trade and industry have refused to accept the government load management plan of electricity and gas from next week onwards, saying that the industry will register FIRs against the government if it tried to close the textile mills by force in Punjab.

Moreover, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry has said that unannounced and unscheduled power outages had left the industrialists with no other option but to stop productions.  Central Chairman APTMA Ahsan Bashir and Group Leader APTMA Gohar Ejaz held an emergent press conference on Wednesday evening at the APTMA Punjab office. The APTMA members would not close down mills and let the workers sit idle due to load shedding of electricity and gas, said Gohar Ejaz.
According to him, the industry has never witnessed such an abnormal load management and it is simply a sign of inefficiency of the caretaker set up. Further, he said, it also suggests a clear discrimination against Punjab-based industry. He said the industrialists would approach to the courts of law for relief in case the government denied gas and electricity supply in Punjab.

 

“We will not tolerate any discrimination against the industry in Punjab, as the industry in Punjab is the industry of Pakistan,” he said.
Central Chairman APTMA Ahsan Bashir said the APTMA members would hold sit-ins in case the government continued with six hours load shedding from next week.
He said the government had assured the APTMA management of ending load shedding but all in vain and the industry has no option but to take extreme steps to save the exports and employment of industry workers.

On the issue of gas supply, Ahsan said the industry was getting five days a week gas supply last year to produce electricity through Captive Power Plants (CPPs) in Punjab. The priority order of gas supply suggests that the SNGPL is bound to provide gas to the CPPs after domestic consumers and the IPPs. But still the industry is being supplied with three days a week gas supply till date despite the end of winter season. It is and intentional mismanagement and a big conspiracy, he added.
LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar said that almost all industrial processes need continuous power supply and a little break spoils entire process.
Same is happening in “Industrial closures cause unemployment that leads to lawlessness. Therefore, the government should understand the ground realities and reset its priorities regarding provision of electricity to the industry.” The LCCI President said that Pakistan had already lost a number of international markets and the new longer hour power cuts would further aggravate the situation.

He said that cheaper and uninterrupted power supply is only way to achieve economic targets set for the year 2013 but neither the government is sharing its future plans to this regard nor paying any heed to the difficulties being faced by the trade and industry.  He said that it is astonishing that on the one hand the government circles were talking of economic stabilitywhile on the other hand they were not sharing any kind of roadmap to achieve this goal.
He also feared a surge in street crimes, saying that law and order situation is bound to aggravate in the coming days as repeated power outages in the industrial estates is jacking up the graph of unemployment particularly hitting the daily wagers hard.

 

Courtesy: The Nation


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