ISLAMABAD – Advisor to the Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources, Dr Asim Hussain on Thursday warned that the drastic increase in CNG consumption will further aggravate the energy crisis. He also called for constituting a parliamentary committee to deal with the matter. Responding to queries during the question hour in the National Assembly, the advisor raised the alarm that the continuation of sale and consumption of CNG at the current pace would aggravate the energy crisis or lead to complete annihilation. “It’s the time that we constitute a committee comprising all stakeholders to address the issue,” Asim suggested as he threw weight behind the idea of providing CNG to only public transport and small vehicles. Through this, he argued, the benefits would directly reach the common man. The advisor also stressed the need for working out a comprehensive plan to redefine the role of the OGRA (Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority). It may be mentioned here that the sale and consumption of CNG has considerably increased after the reduction in its prices. Although the attendance of lawmakers from both the treasury and opposition was thin, the House kept its focus on the items on its agenda for the day. Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, in his first appearance in the assembly’s 47th session, spent most of his time signing applications of the various legislators and left the House after around half an hour. Having shaken hands with lawmakers of different parties, the premier remained seated in the backbenches (instead of his own seat), where he spent some time gossiping with parliamentarians encircling him. At this juncture, the panel of chairperson, PPP lawmaker Yasmeen Rahman, asked these lawmakers to maintain the decorum of the House. Earlier, Dr Asim told the House that there was a dire need to rethink about the CNG stations issue. Criticising the role of OGRA, he said it had no capacity to deliver, and its functions needed to be redefined.He told the House the govt was cognizant of the energy crisis and taking concrete steps for its redress. He also said that the LPG policy was currently lying with the Council of Common Interests and was expected to be approved by the next week.The House was also told that comprehensive steps had been taken to manage gas loadshedding for the upcoming winter season. “As a short-term measure the gap between the demand and supply is bridged through the curtailment of gas supplies to fertiliser, power, general industry and CNG sectors.” The advisor said a campaign was being launched through the media to aware the general public including domestic consumers about the conservation of natural gas. He said the SSGC would receive 10MMCFD gas from the Nur Bagla field after the laying of pipeline soon.  The House was further informed that till date, as many as 486 cases of petroleum adulteration had been reported since January 1, 2011 against the same number of filling stations owned by the Pakistan State Oil Company Limited.  During the proceedings, Federal Minister Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah told the House that a number of schemes were on the cards to transform the Pakistan Post into a profitable entity. He said despite the negative factor of reduction in the rate of Post Office Commission on savings schemes, the Pakistan Post succeeded in maintaining the revenue figure of Rs 8 billion during the past two years. Although the House did not directly discuss the matter of issuance of notices by Federal Investigation Authority to Gilanis, former premier Gilani continued haunting the proceedings, when validation of his acts, orders and instruments issued as the country’s chief executive from April 26, 2012 to June 19, 2012 (when he legally ceased to be the PM) surfaced up. Earlier, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Farooq H Naek, to a query by Nisar Tanvir, informed the House about the name(s) and professional fee of counsels pleading different lawsuits for different federal ministries on behalf of the federation. Giving details in writing, Naek said that these counsels included former law minister Dr Babar Awan (Rs 26.6 million), Khalid Ranjha (Rs 3 million), Abdul Hafeez Pirzada (Rs 1.5million), former (PCO) judge Muhammad Ramzan Chaudhry (Rs 4 million) and Akram Sheikh (Rs 1 million).Meanwhile, a call-attention notice regarding the non-reduction in transport fares in Islamabad, despite the slash in CNG prices, was deferred due to the absence of its mover. Standing Committee on Defence chairperson Azra Fazal Pechuho presented before the House a report on the Maritime Security Agency (amendment) Bill, 2012, to further amend the Maritime Security Agency Act, 1994. Also, the House adopted a motion regarding the delay in presentation of a report of the standing committee on a bill to provide for the registration and regulation of trade organisation (Trade Organization Bill, 2012).