ISLAMABAD - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has asked the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) to refer the issue of the implementation of Article 154 of the Constitution to the upcoming meeting of the CCI which will limit the role of Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and Cabinet and Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) in making the important decision in oil and gas sector.

The provinces of Sindh, Baluchistan and KP blame the federal government for making important decisions regarding oil and gas sector through the ECC of the CCOE which is the violation of Article 154 of the Constitution. After 18th Amendment Article 154 reads "The Council (CCI) shall formulate and regulate policies in relation to matters in Part II of the Federal Legislative List and shall exercise supervision and control over related institutions."

Sindh, KP and Balochistan governments have expressed their reservations over its implementation. After the 18th Constitutional Amendment Act, Article 154 (1) clearly states the functions and rules of procedure of the CCI.

The provinces are of the view that the Council should formulate and regulate the policies relating to the matters in Part II of the Federal Legislative List and shall exercise the supervision and control over the related institutions, oil & gas and electricity are under Section 2&4 of the Part II of the Federal Legislative and therefore it comes under CCI domain.

Similarly the province of KP has also asked the IPC to also refer the issue of Pakistan Petroleum Exploration and Production Authority (PPEPRA) to CCI. Sindh and KP, are of the view that the proposed PPEPRA be an independent forum under the aegis of the Council of Common Interests (CCI).The provinces also propose that there be five members in the authority , one from the centre and the four provinces. Out of the five one should be designated the chairperson and another as a vice chairperson on rotation basis for the term of one year. CCI will give the guideline on the issue.

The KP government also asked the IPC to include the issuance of guidelines for Development of Hydrocarbon Seepages, import of LNG, access of real time production data of Oil and Gas from well heads and natural gas consumption in KP, award of Petroleum Rights to Federal and Provincial Holding Companies without bidding, Implementation of Amendment Petroleum Policy 2012 and endorsement of policy statement on gas sector reforms in the upcoming CCI meeting agenda. The IPC was also asked to include the utilization of training funds in the agenda of the upcoming CCI.