BA demands 5 percent OGDC revenues for Naseerabad development

BA demands 5 percent OGDC revenues for Naseerabad development

By Malik Siraj Akbar

QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly (BA) on Tuesday demanded the federal government bind the Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC) to contribute five percent of its revenues to the development of Naseerabad district of Balochistan.

The demand was made in a resolution, tabled jointly by provincial ministers Sadiq Umrani and Muhammad Amin Umrani, which was unanimously adopted by the assembly. The BA was informed that the OGDC had earned Rs 43 billion from the Uch power plant located in Naseerabad the previous year, but the company had spent no money on developing the social infrastructure in the district. The provincial government must ask the federal government to make it mandatory for OGDC to spend part of its revenue for the purpose, the resolution demanded.

Provincial minister Habibur Rehman Hassani said similar demands should be made from other companies operating in the province that have not contributed to developing the areas where they operate.

He said the Balochistan government should demand at least 10 percent of the companies’ revenues to be reserved for development, adding local people should be preferred for employment. The House passed another resolution that demanded the people of Dera Murad Jamali should be given the ownership of lands which they have been living on for many decades.

Speaking on a point of order, Minister for Agriculture Asadullah Baloch praised the Balochistan chief minister for his efforts to get Balochistan’s overdraft of Rs 17.5 billion written off. However, he demanded the authorities explain the manner in which the amount had been spent. Later, Gwadar Development Authority Minister Mir Zahoor Buledai condemned the abduction of UNHCR Pakistan head John Solecki and the killing of his driver on Monday.

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