Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Friday informed the Senate that the government

is committed to complete outgoing gas supply schemes.

Responding to a question during the Question Hour, he said, the gas scheme was recommended by the then inter-Ministerial Committee on Gas Development schemes during its meeting held on April 2018 for Char Bagh to Showand, Tehsil Raza District Swabi was approved.

However, he said, same could not be ratified by the then cabinet due to ban by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The minister said, SNGPL engaged daily wagers, temporary staff on temporary basis to cater for the additional work load, arising from time to time.

He said that the government had not finalized any policy to regular the services of these employees.

He said that, the government will fully implement the decision to give minim wages to labours.

About the question of substandard quality of petroleum products, he said, in order to address the issue,

a committee was constituted in Petroleum Division. OGRA, he said has already started testing of manganese and Iron in local and imported motor gasoline through HDIP.

The minister about the hike in the gas price said, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has approved an increase in the sale price of Natural Gas.

The minister said, the government has increased the gas prices for seven different gas consumption slabs, with 10 percent hike for the lowest slab and raise of 143 percent for the highest gas consuming slab.

Responding to another question he said, OGRA inspected 220 petrol pumps of the various areas and found 59 involved in less filling.

He said that the petrol pumps had been issued show cause notices and imposed penalties.