‘No settlement’ with India for export of salt at decrease charges

Islamabad   –  A parliamentary committee was knowledgeable on Monday that there was no settlement with New Delhi which sure Pakistan to promote its salt to India at decrease charges.

Senate’s Standing Committee on Petroleum that met below the chairmanship of Senator Mohsin Aziz was additionally knowledgeable that 263 miners had been killed in mining-related incidents in Balochistan since January 2018.

The committee was advised by Pakistan Mineral Growth Company (PMDC) Managing Director (MD) that information doing rounds on social media relating to the export of salt to India was not true.

“There isn’t any settlement between India and Pakistan that binds the latter to promote its salt to the previous at decrease costs,” the MD mentioned, and added, “The rock salt from Khewra mines is offered at uniform charges. Nevertheless, it stays a proven fact that Pakistan doesn’t have a model of salt of its personal.”

“Then again India has improved branding and sells Pakistani salt to the worldwide market at an affordable value,” the PMDC MD knowledgeable. The Senate physique was advised that India had levied 200 % obligation on Pakistani salt after the Pulwama assault.

Senate’s Standing Committee on Petroleum, in its assembly, additionally mentioned the measures adopted for the protection and safety of miners and amenities being supplied to them by the mine homeowners to keep away from recurrence of accidents, the process and quantity of compensation given to the miners in case of deaths or accidents in the course of the work.

The assembly additionally mentioned the grievances of Mine Homeowners Associations and Mine Labour Associations.  The committee was knowledgeable that 164 miners had died final 12 months whereas this 12 months up to now 99 miners had perished.

The committee members expressed sturdy reservations over the unsatisfactory responses given by the officers involved to the questions requested in regards to the registration of Afghan nationals, complete variety of miners within the nation, measures being taken for his or her security, and the mode of inquiries towards contractors who violate the phrases. It was revealed to the committee that the mining sector was being run below the legislation that was enacted in 1923. Different issues corresponding to compensation given to the miners, low wages and outdated strategies of mining had been additionally touched upon on the assembly. Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini mentioned there was no common inspection of the coal mines. The senator additional advised the Senate physique that Afghan nationals had been employed as miners on low wages.

The committee listened to the federal government officers in addition to to the representatives of mine homeowners and miners. The three sides supplied contradictory data. It was noticed that many issues needed to do with the incompatibility of legislation with at the moment’s wants.

The committee requested the Mines division to reveal the variety of mines within the nation in addition to variety of miners, variety of deadly incidents that occurred within the final ten years, measures adopted for the protection of miners and likewise determined to debate the problems associated to mining sector later at a particular assembly.

Concerning the acute scarcity of fuel within the nation, particularly in extraordinarily chilly areas corresponding to Abbottabad and Quetta, the committee was advised by SSGPL and SNGPL officers that each the cities had been located on the tail finish, which resulted in low fuel stress and each fuel distribution firms had been planning to provoke new initiatives to make sure continuous provision of fuel. The officers additionally mentioned that presently the scenario was higher as in comparison with final two or three years.

Concerning improve within the costs of LNG the committee was advised by Chairperson OGRA that the costs saved fluctuating on the premise of the value of the crude oil imported by PSO and PLL.

The assembly was attended by Senators Taj Muhammad Afridi, Quratul Ain Marri, Mir Kabeer Ahmed, Shamim Afridi, Saleem Zia, Sardar Shafiq Tareen, Bahramand Tangi, Lt Common (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Dr Jehnazeb Jamaldini, Kalsoom Parveen, Petroleum secretary, PMDC MD, OGRA chairperson and different officers involved.


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