QUETTA: A score of members severely criticized the Sui Southern Gas Company in the session of the Provincial Parliament for its uncalled for load shedding of natural gas during this harsh winter days in Central and Northern parts of Balochistan, including the provincial Capital.
Most of the members delivered very harsh speeches criticizing the SSGC and its policy to resort to load shedding or low gas supplies to region hit by harsh winters days and night.
Following the speeches from across the political divide, Chairman of the Panel, Agha Liaquat, announced that he would summon the SSGC officials to the Assembly session and will be asked to explain the unwarranted load shedding of gas or low pressure during the harsh weather.
Most of the members claimed that they pass resolution on such occasions and the SSGC and the Federal Government paid no heeds to protests from the chosen representatives of the people of Balochistan.
One of the female members criticized the Education Minister for keeping the schools open till January 1 in coldest days of the season and expect that the small children can attend the classes without proper heating system.
Yet another member suggested that the Zhob-Bostan Railway line should be rehabilitated and made functional following the rehabilitation of Sibi Harnai section.
Provincial Minister Izhar Hussain Khosa complained that the Uch Power project had earned billions of rupees a year as net profit and still it failed to fulfill its corporate responsibilities in the area.
He claimed that Balochistan is discriminated in the sense of giving lowest rate for its gas while Sindh is getting much higher rates. He said it is discriminatory for Balochistan and its people. He said that the Company should be forced to spend five percent of its revenue on local development improving the quality of life of the local residents.
JUI MPA Mufti Gulab drawn the attention of extension of agreement with Chinese Company on Saindak and claimed that it was illegal and unconstitutional following the 18th Constitutional amendment.