LAHORE: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said it would be a mistake to call energy crises a failure of the PPP government as it started in the previous regime and hardly any major energy project was initiated.
He was addressing a passing-out ceremony of the 39th Common Training Programme at Civil Services Academy (CSA) where Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, Leader of the House in the Senate Jahangir Badr, Federal Minister Samina Khalid Ghurki and CSA Director General Khalid Sultan were also present.
He said "So far, we have added 3,400 megawatt power to the national grid. The present democratic government has initiated a number of projects in short, medium and long-terms to overcome the crisis on a permanent basis.”
PM Gilani said that a paradigm shift has been introduced in the political landscape of the country through consensus politics based on tolerance for diversity, as nations are built when diversity is accepted as a way of public life leading to peaceful co-existence.
For decades, he added, National Finance Commission (NFC) could not be agreed to because of lingering mistrust among the federating units, however, after months of painstaking negotiations, the 7th new NFC Award was adopted, which allocated a major chunk of economic resources to the provinces.