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Event Title: Senator Prince Ahmed Umer Ahmedzai, Convener Sub-Committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Petroleum Presiding over a Meeting of the Committee at Parliament House Islamabad

Event Date: 2023-09-28

The Sub-Committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Petroleum, led by Senator Prince Ahmed Omer Ahmedzai, meticulously reviewed the initiatives and endeavors undertaken by oil and gas companies in both the public and private sectors concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Balochistan. The Convener of the sub-committee, Prince Ahmed Omer Ahmedzai, commenced the meeting by emphasizing that efforts should not be confined solely to Balochistan but should encompass the entire nation of Pakistan. He also stressed the imperative presence of all Pakistan's oil and gas companies in the committee meeting.

The Ministry for Energy (Petroleum Division) provided a comprehensive overview of its operations in the province of Balochistan, highlighting the substantial funds allocated for the province's betterment. Senator Saadia Abbasi expressed reservations regarding the diminishing impact of these expenditures over the years, despite the significant sums allocated to their policies. The Ministry for Energy (Petroleum Division) explained that these funds are administered by the social welfare committee, chaired by a nominated official, and executed by the district government. It was emphasized that this falls outside their jurisdiction, and political factors often hinder their operational processes. The Convener of the Sub-committee countered that political disparities should not impede essential measures like school and hospital rehabilitation, which are urgently needed. The committee unanimously agreed on the necessity of educational advancement in Balochistan, particularly for girls, emphasizing the long-term benefits of school rehabilitation, sanitation, healthcare, and sports empowerment in the province. The Ministry for Energy (Petroleum Division) officials told the committee about numerous national-level scholarships and initiating training, development, and healthcare programs. The convener of the sub-committee suggested extending need-based scholarships to students in Balochistan's cities. He also cited the benefit of employing local consultants instead of those from different regions, explaining that local consultants have a better understanding of the procedure. Additionally, Senator Saadia Abbasi stressed the inclusion of special funds for diabetes and heart-related medications in policies targeting elderly impoverished individuals.

During discussions on disaster management, the Convener committee, Senator Prince Ahmed Omer Ahmedzai, inquired about flood control and disaster management, emphasizing the need for rehabilitating houses affected by floods. Ministry officials informed a donation of Rs.20 million to PDMA Balochistan for flood-affected individuals. Furthermore, the sub-committee highlighted the importance of promoting sports at both local and international levels. Senator Fida Muhammad proposed extending sports initiatives to benefit disabled individuals. The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum affirmed their efforts to support the visually impaired and disabled. Convener committee recommended supporting orphanages in Balochistan, taking into account their dire conditions.

In conclusion, the committee recommended the participation of all oil and gas companies in the upcoming committee meeting for a thorough review and assessment of their operations. Ccommittee also emphasized the presence of the Minister for Energy (Petroleum Division) and all Managing Directors in the next agenda meeting.

The committee was attended by Senator Saadia Abbasi, Senator Fida Muhammad, and senior officials from the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division).