ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro has said that the industrial owners, agriculturalists, businessmen, workers and the common man, all have to sacrifice a bit of their need and accordingly determine for themselves how to reduce the consumption of electricity, gas and fuel. He called for coordinated efforts by all concerned ministries and departments to explore and incorporate alternative sources of energy in addition to efforts for energy conservation and efficient use of energy resources.
Chairing a meeting to review energy situation at the Prime Minister Secretariat here on Thursday, he directed that all available resources should be utilized towards enhancement of energy production to ensure sustainability in the economic growth and development. The Prime Minister appealed to all sections of society to share responsibility towards this national cause and asked them to use the existing resources of energy in a proper manner so as to keep the pace of economic progress moving.
The Prime Minister constituted a committee to settle the issue of tariff with IPPs and submit their report within ten days. The committee will hold talks with WAPDA, KPT, Pakistan Steel Mills for exploring the options of setting up wind power plants at their premises. The committee will also hold talks with HMC, Karachi Shipyard, Pakistan Steel Mills and Engineering Development Board for indigenous manufacturing of wind turbines and solar panels.
The Prime Minister also tasked Secretary Cabinet to finalize recommendations for use of solar street lights, billboard lights and phase-wise shifting of public sector buildings to solar energy. The Prime Minister gave in principle approval for setting up of a Petroleum University for imparting knowledge and training people in this important sector. He directed for short and long term measures to enhance the power generation capacity as well as tapping large energy resources like wind, solar and coal which remain un-harnessed as yet.
He said that the availability and affordability of energy supplies are the key elements to ensure sustainable economic development of the country. He said that presently large amount of foreign exchange is being consumed on import of oil which could be saved through measures on efficient use of energy besides tapping alternative sources of energy which are abundantly available in the country.
The Prime Minister said that access to energy is directly related to poverty alleviation which will be impaired unless adequate attention is paid to the crucial role that energy services play in the development process, particularly in relation to the economic, environmental and social well being of the poor.-SANA
The Prime Minister also called for an awareness campaign for educating the masses about the benefit of renewable energy products as well as energy conservation so as to help meet the energy needs of other sector of national economy.