GOVT SHOULD PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE GAS SOURCES TO KEEP WHEEL OF INDUSTRY RUNNING: CHAIRMAN HIA

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RAWALPINDI, OCT 11 /DNA/ – Unannounced gas cuts in the industrial estate sector have upset industrialists and raised fears of unemployment.  The present government, including the previous ones, has not been able to come up with a solid policy to keep the wheel of industry running, nor has it been able to manage alternative energy.

The government should provide alternative sources, allow manufacturers to import RLNG or reduce duties on furnace oil so that the wheel of industry continues to run.  Chairman Hattar Industrialists Association Muhammad Ashiq told The *Islamabad Post* that industries pay billions of rupees in taxes to the government annually but the government has never paid attention to their problems.

Association leaders unanimously called for a high-level inquiry into the unannounced shutdown of gas, saying that on the one hand, there was talk of providing relief to industries and resolving their problems, but the ground realities were different.  The war is being fought.  When industries run, the economy will flourish and jobs will be created.  The Prime Minister is requested to consider our demands. DNA