KARACHI - Following the persistent energy shortage in the country, President Asif Ali Zardari has directed for devising a comprehensive plan for extraction of oil and gas from abandoned wells as well as for setting up captive power plants for selected industrial zones and areas. The president issued these instructions during a briefing given to him on energy requirements of the countrys industrial estates especially in Sindh, here on Saturday. He said that the proposal on reactivating the abandoned wells and captive power plants be finalised within a six-week time, the spokesperson said. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Water and Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Law Minister Babar Awan, provincial ministers and federal and provincial government officials attended the briefing. Meanwhile, the Governor State Bank of Pakistan called on the President and briefed him about the monitoring policy and steps being taken to ensure financial discipline in the country. On the occasion, the President advised the central bank management to consider allocating 40pc jobs to women in the newly established Sindh Bank. During the briefing on the working of newly set up Sindh Bank and its operations given by its President and Chief Executive Officer at Bilawal House here, he also instructed the Sindh government to complete the operations of the bank in province as soon as possible. According to Presidents spokesman Farhatullah Babar, the Sindh government and officials of Sindh Bank also apprised the President that the Sindh Bank would operate on similar lines as the Bank of Punjab and the Bank of Khyber in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwah respectively. These banks were mandated to finance clientele in these respective provinces particularly relating to small and medium size entrepreneurs. The first branch of the Sindh Bank with the head office in Karachi was opened in Naudero by the President last month.