Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that he has always voiced for the rights of industrialists and traders and stood with them on all important issues including the gas load-shedding.
He was talking to a 28-member delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) headed by its President Senator Haji Ghulam Ali at the residence of Mian Tariq Shafi, the Federation’s Vice President, here Monday. Senator Ishaq Dar, the FPCCI vice presidents and executive members from all over the country were also present during the meeting.
Shahbaz said that gas suspension to industry in Punjab is not only inflicting huge losses to economy but also rendered thousands of workers jobless, while export orders of billions of rupees were being cancelled. He stressed the need for implementing the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) decision of five-day supply to industry, adding, a uniform system for gas supply to the provinces should be evolved.
The Chief Minister assured the delegation of his all out cooperation in resolving this grave issue.
The FPCCI President Senator Haji Ghulam Ali thanked the Chief Minister for playing an effective role on Sui gas issue and said that at present, the industry is faced with numerous problems due to power and gas load-shedding. The country’s progress is impossible without smooth functioning of industrial sector, he added.
He also suggested that government, in an effort to end poverty and unemployment, should provide soft loans to the people enabling them to set up their own businesses.
Haji Ghulam Ali called for taking initiatives to improve the industrial infra-structures in Punjab and all basic facilities should be made available there. He said that creation of an enabling environment could prove to be instrumental in attracting huge foreign investment to the country especially in Punjab.
The FPCCI President also demanded of the Chief Minister to ensure compensations to the Shah Alam Market victims as early as possible.
The delegation also included Co-chairman Business Penal Iftikhar Ali Malik, Usman Sheikh, Dr. Shehla J. Akram, Muhammad Akbar Khan, Ch. Aamir Ata Bajwa, S. Khalid Tawab, Daud Usman Jakhora, Fazal Elahi, Sheikh Muhammad Arshad.