The 42nd Council of Common Interests meeting was was held in Islamabad on Thursday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair. The meeting has unanimously approved Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy 2019.
According to media reports, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Nadeem Babar gave a detailed presentation to CCI on annual demand and supply situation of gas with special reference to future requirements and dwindling domestic gas reserves.
The forum was informed that data regarding gas production, consumption and transmission from various provinces suggests that the country would face major gas shortage by winter 2021-2022 and to avoid impeding crisis it was recommended that a national consensus needs to be built for exploration, production and conservation of domestic gas and rationalization of price mechanisms.
CCI considered amendment in the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority Ordinance 2002, proposed by the Government of Sindh.
The forum agreed with the proposal of Punjab Government regarding control of lower portion of Chashma Right Bank Canal from Ministry of Water Resources to the Government of the Punjab.
The CCI constituted a committee comprising of representatives of IRSA, Government of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to work out modalities and finalize bilateral agreement between the two provinces. The CCI decided, in principle, to transfer the existing National Commission for Human Development and Basic Education Community Schools, teachers and students from Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to Education Departments of respective Provinces.