MNAs being given role in social welfare schemes

Islamabad—Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) are being given important role in identification and execution of social welfare schemes of oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) companies operating in their respective constitutencies.
Currently, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources is revising social welfare guidelines for carrying out the development schemes in oil and gas producing Tehsils and Districts across the country.
“Under the revised guidelines, social welfare schemes will be based on the requirement of areas and identified by concerned MNAs of districts in consultation with representatives of local bodies or local administration,” official sources told APP.
Facilities like health, education, water supply, improved drainage and sewerage system would be the key features of welfare projects, they said and added that practice of cash donations to patients would be discouraged to end reported complaints of malpractice.
They informed that E&P companies would open a joint bank account with District Coordination Officers (DCOs) and Deputy Commissioners (DCs) concerned and deposit the social welfare contribution fund within one month of signing Petroleum Concession Agreement (PCA) and subsequenty by January 31 every year.—APP

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