The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) special raiding teams created harassment and panic amongst industrialists and exporters by disconnecting gas connections in their factories, besides removing gas meters from the sites in congested industrial areas of the city here on Saturday.

The SNGPL team also disconnected gas connection besides, removing the gas meter from the factory of SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Bashir.  When contacted, SNGPL District Manager Imran Sahi said that SNGPL were following the federal government orders regarding the early disconnection of gas connections.

Meanwhile, Sialkot industrialists, exporters and SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Bashir have expressed grave concern over the situation. The SCCI President termed it nightmare for industries and urged the government to take pity on industries by stopping the disconnection of the gas supply to factories to keep the production process continue.

He said that the SNGPL crackdown on Sialkot factories had created panic amongst the industrialists and exporters and they were greatly perturbed.

14,000 to benefit from internship programme: The Punjab government will give necessary training of advanced technical skills to 14,000 educated but unskilled youths in the district for six months under the Punjab Youth Internships (PYIP) Programme 2013-2014.

DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu disclosed this while talking to the newsmen here the other day. SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Bashir, SVP Mian Muhammad Anwar, Project Director Maqsud Ahmed Ch and senior journalists were also present on the occasion.

The DCO said that the PYIP would be helpful in capacity-building of the unskilled educated youths. He said that the Punjab government would give a stipend of Rs12,000 per month to each youth during the six-month long training under the PYIP. Diploma and masters degree holders of age between 16-30 years were eligible for the internship, he added.