ISLAMABAD : Participants of a “National Consultation” seminar on natural gas sector governance voiced their concern regarding the issues of closed decision making process, weak democratic legitimacy and adoption of untested policy prescriptions over public interests. Tariq Kandan, founder of the CNG Association, said present policy was creating deficit by giving natural gas to some sectors at an overly subsidized rate. He insisted that the precious resources should be given to a sector that is willing to pay its price.

Talking on the regulatory framework Huma Siddiqi insisted that the need is that OGRA’s functional authority should be enhanced.

The experts also discussed section 9 of the OGRA ordinance 2002 and requested that OGRA Ordinance should incorporate clear provision to incorporate stakeholder participation in all decision making.