ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet Thursday banned export of donkey hides till such time that a regulatory mechanism was put in place by the provinces for proper disposal of carcasses of the animals.
The ECC, which met here with Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar in the chair, took the decision amid media reports that donkey meat was being sold in the market for human consumption.
The ECC asked the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to convey the decision to the provincial governments to ensure that a proper mechanism for disposal of remains of the donkeys was enforced as early as possible.
On a proposal of the Ministry of Industries and Production, the meeting accorded approval for allocation or release of foreign exchange by the Ministry of Finance for import of another 50,000 metric tons of urea out of the total quantity of 250,000 metric tons approved by the ECC earlier this year to guard against any shortage in the country.
The import was being carried out by the Trading Corporation of Pakistan.
On a proposal of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, the committee allowed gas companies to raise necessary finances of Rs 101 billion for North-South Gas pipeline, for which the government would provide a sovereign guarantee. This project would ensure supplies of gas to the 3600 MW RLNG based power plants planned to be set up in the country by 2017.
On a proposal submitted by the Ministry of Water and Power, the ECC accorded approval to continue purchase of 74 MW energy from Iranian Company Tavanir.
Accordingly the National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited (NTDCL) would approach National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) for approval of extension of existing tariff from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 under which the purchase would be effected.
It may be recalled that Water and Power Development Authority had entered an agreement with Tavanir in 2002 for procuring 32 MW electricity which was later enhanced to 74MW.
The committee also directed the ministries concerned to make arrangements for export of rice to Iran in lieu of the dues payable for the imported electricity.
It allowed the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to allocate re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) volumes based on availability and demand of RLNG and keeping in consideration the transportation infrastructure and allied matters. This decision has removed any ambiguity about allocation of RLNG. The ECC had already decided that RLNG would be treated as a regular petroleum product.