LHC reprimands OGRA over petroleum shortage

Lahore High Court (LHC), on Wednesday, reprimanded Chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) over its failure to address petroleum shortage in the country.

Chief Justice LHC Muhammad Qasim Khan presided over the hearing of the suo motu case over the issue of petroleum shortage in the country.

Expressing his displeasure over the failure of chairman OGRA to appear before the court, and remarked that, chairman OGRA should resign from his post if he can’t fulfil his responsibilities.

“OGRA has to improve its performance. This is an example of bad governance,” remarked the judge.

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It is to be noted that OGRA, earlier, had fined six oil manufacturing companies (OMCs) for their failure to maintain sufficient fuel stocks and ensure unhindered fuel supply as directed by the government.

A fine of five million rupees each was imposed on Attock Petroleum Limited, Puma, Gas & Oil Pakistan Limited and Hascol, whereas Shell Pakistan and Total Parco Pakistan Limited were fined Rs 10 million each.