Council of Common Interests (CCI), in today’s meeting chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, approved the National Power Policy with consensus of all provinces.
Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, Mr Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister KPK and Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, Chief Minister, Baluchistan attended the meeting.
The Prime Minister congratulated members of CCI for consensus approval of the power policy.
The Prime Minister said that it was the policy of his government to arrive at consensus decisions, a fact which, he said, was eminent from the approval of the current power policy. “We respect the mandate of all the provincial governments and would support them in their endeavors initiated for the welfare of the people”, added the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister said that the country was passing through a critical phase and demanded greater unity and discipline among all of us. Talking about the no-confidence motion in AJK, the Prime Minister said, “We have to set principles of governance in our country. The no-confidence motion in AJK was not supported by PML-N due to our principled stand for stabilizing the provincial governments”, conveyed the Prime minister.
The Premier stressed on the need of learning from each other’s experiences and expertise. Each province should share its success with other provinces so that it can be replicated. “We can overcome our shortcomings and improve our governance through sharing and working closely with each other”, added the Premier.
Later, the report of technical committee on power policy was presented before CCI which unanimously approved the National Power Policy with few additions. The committee report had incorporated Sindh Government’s demand for developing Coal and Wind Corridors with the facilitation of Federal Government. The technical committee also proposed Integrated Utility Courts for dealing with electricity and gas thefts and rationalizing the penalties for such crimes in light of principles of jurisprudence. Both the proposals were approved by CCI and made part of National Power Policy.
The meeting also discussed the transmission and distribution difficulties faced by the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochsitan. The Prime Minister assured that the Federal Government is ready to provide adequate funding and assistance for effective distribution of electricity to these provinces.
The meeting also discussed Energy Efficiency and Conservation measures. The Prime Minister said that conservation of energy needs homogeneous implementation by all provinces so that steps taken to conserve energy have a balanced effect on the entire country.
While mentioning the vast opportunities of Hydel Power production in his province, CM KPK, said that huge investment opportunities are available in the province and his government has already started two Run-of-the-River projects in District Kohistan. He asked for the Federal Government’s assistance to further explore such opportunities. The Prime Minister assured CM KPK of the fullest support of the Federal Government and asked him for identification of more such projects for optimum utilization of the Hydel resources.
Chief Minister Sindh said that Wind Resource in the coastal region of Sindh needs to be explored to provide cheap electricity and will suffice the energy needs of the province.
CM Baluchistan stress