Govt constitutes committee for gas circular debt settlement plan

A worker drains water from a gas filter at the Egas processing plant in Gujar Khan, Pakistan March 10, 2017. — Reuters/File 
  • Finance ministry tasks committee to devise circular debt settlement plan for gas sector.
  • 14-member committee has been directed to submit report within 10 days.
  • Finance minister appoints Ashfaq Yousaf Tola as convener of committee.

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Finance Wednesday constituted a committee for the settlement of gas circular debt as it piled up to approximately Rs1,500 billion.

Federal Minister of Finance and Revenue notified a committee to devise a circular debt settlement plan for gas sector companies, appointing Ashfaq Yousaf Tola as the convener.

The members of the committee include:

  • Secretary/Additional Secretary (Petroleum Division)
  • Secretary/Additional Secretary (Power Division)
  • Additional Secretary CF, Finance Division
  • Commissioner Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan Abdul Rehman Warraich

Moreover, chief financial officers of some relevant companies are also included in the committee, these include:

  • Pakistan Development Fund (PDF)
  • Oil and Gas Development Limited (OGDCL)
  • Government Holding Private Limited (GHPL)
  • Pakistan State Oil (PSO)
  • Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL)
  • Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL)
  • Sui Sourthern Gas Pipeline Limited (SSGCL)
  • Central Power Purchase Authority (CPPA-G)

The committee has been tasked to undertake a detailed mapping of gas sector circular debt as of June 30, 2022, segregating the principal amount of debt, loss per share, penalties and LDs among the under-reference public sector entities of petroleum and power sectors.

According to the notification, the committee is also directed to work out circular debt settlement plan through “cash/non-cash releases/disbursements.”

The ministry has given the committee a 10-day period to submit a report with its recommendations, which should be suggested after identifying legal and procedural requirements to implement the circular debt settlement plan.

It was further notified that the committee can co-opt any other member and the Finance Division will provide the secretariat support to the committee.

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