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Bill seeking amendments to Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority Ordinance; purpose is to remove ambiguities: Petroleum ministry

Islamabad, January 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): This is with reference to news regarding bill seeking amendments to the OGRA Ordinance 2002, published in various newspapers today.

With the primary objective of improving, the functioning of OGRA, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has proposed amendments in the OGRA Ordinance 2002 to the Cabinet Division. The said amendments have been proposed on the basis of the experience gained during last decade with existing law, interaction with OGRA and other stakeholders including general public.

The fundamental purpose of the changes is to remove ambiguities, wherever required, and more clearly to delineate responsibilities of different entities / stakeholders concerned with the law.

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources had proposed to put OGRA under the Administrative control of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. But the Ministry feels that the regulator needs to be strengthened, but has to follow Government policy / directions to the extent of checking theft, availability of gas, conservation of gas or any matter related to proper use of gas at an appropriate cost.

Moreover, it is reiterated that Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources undertakes the responsibility of Policy formulation as a team effort and in the larger national interest and specially to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products to the consumers, the current shortage of which is causing problems for the people of Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Irfan Ashraf Qazi
Public Relations Officer
Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Resources
Mobile: 0334-4487654
Tel: +9251 921 0220 -9206416
Fax: +9251 921 3180
Email: minister@mpnr.gov.pk

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