ISLAMABAD: Minister for Power Omar Ayub on Friday apprised the Senate that tenders will soon be opened for 20 new oil and gas exploration blocks to cope with the energy requirements of the country.
Winding up discussion on gas and power crisis in the Senate, he regretted that the previous governments did not pay attention to explore new wells.
The minister said the government was taking steps to check power and gas pilferage from the country.
Regarding the recent power breakdown, Omer Ayub said, “A committee has been constituted to investigate the matter and action will be taken against those found responsible.”
He said such issues were cropping up as the previous governments paid no attention to upgrade the transmission and distribution system. He said the present government was according priority to the up gradation of transmission system.
The minister for power said the government was also working to explore the potential of renewable energy.
Responding to a point raised by the Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla in the Senate, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan said that no one was above the law.
The adviser said that the house had the authority to summon anybody here. He said that everyone should respect the state institutions and appear before the courts to prove their innocence.
He said that the government was working to introduce reforms in state institutions.
The House will now meet again on Monday at 3 p.m.