PESHAWAR, 14 November: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has prepared a list of 24 demands pertaining to the rights of the province which would be sent to the Federal Government.

The list was finalized during a meeting of the Senate Special Committee held here the other day with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair. The meeting was briefed about the 24 demands. The meeting approved the list and said the same would be sent to the federal government to ensure and protect the province’s rights.

Addressing the meeting Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said his government was doing all efforts within its limits to get the constitutional rights of the province. He directed the official concerned to coordinate effectively, get prepared for the constitutional rights of the province within the ambit of constitution and law.

The meeting of the special committee was attended by Senator Noman Wazir, Senator Shibli Faraz, Provincial Minister for Law Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, Chief Secretary, Secretaries of provincial departments for Energy, Inter Provincial Coordination, Excise, Finance, Home, Industry, Irrigation, P&D, Relief and Transport and other concerned officers.

The chief minister was for a permanent solution to the share of the province on net hydel power generation. “AGN Qazi Formula is the best and permanent solution to this issue which was approved by the Council of Common Interests (CCI),” he added.

He directed the officials to work on the recommendations of the AGN Qazi formula and send a summary in this regard.

The chief minister also directed to make recommendations for the distribution and use of 100 MCFD and this should be made part of the agreement that the provincial government wanted to use gas for power generation for the industrial consumption in the province. He further directed to make recommendations under article 161(1)(b) of the Constitution to levy Federal Excise Duty on oil, the payment  and the repayment mechanism. If the federal government failed to enforce it then the federal government should allow the provincial government to levy it by itself.

Pervez Khattak also agreed to the recommendations of the committee that included sovereign guarantee on hydel power and other projects, special package for the security of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, financial support for damage need assessment, the participation of Chief Secretary in the meetings of all CCI, provision of special incentives for the industrial units in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the NFC award.

Pervez Khattak also agreed to the recommendations against loadshedding adding that the federal government must ensure to provide 13.5 % share of electricity to the province, sharing of schedule of the production and distribution of electricity. The chief minister hinted that the provincial government would spurn into action against the power theft provided the recommendations of the provincial government are incorporated in the TORs.