ISLAMABAD : The experts reiterated demand for a single ministry for energy which was the need of the hour to tackle the crisis. Addressing the energy conference organized by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), the experts deplored that in past there was no effective body or mechanism for energy administration at the national level. The roles were divided in three water tight ministries of petroleum and natural resources, water and power, and planning and there was no overarching institutionalized arrangement for coordination and optimization of synergies and efficiencies.

DG-IPS Khalid Rahman, in his speech appreciated the steps taken by the government in providing speedy and sustainable relief in this extremely important arena.

Former secretary water and power Mirza Hamid Hassan addressing the conference said mismanagement, corruption, nepotism and lack of total merit in past were root causes of prevalent energy crisis.

The conference was addressed, among others, by former secretary water and power Mirza Hamid Hassan, former secretary for petroleum and natural resources Dr. Gulfraz Ahmad, Chairman Competition Commission of Pakistan Dr. Joseph Wilson, former minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Usman Amin-Ud-Din, Director Punjab Power Development Board, Salman Azad and head of reservoir engineering, OGDCL Dr. Saeed Jadoon.