PM to chair crucial CCI meeting in Islamabad tomorrow

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ISLAMABAD: The Council of Common Interests (CCI) will hold its belated 41st session tomorrow on Monday December 23 to discuss a 16-point agenda on a range of issues.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair the meeting which will be attended by all four provincial chief ministers and chief secretaries. According to the agenda, the annual reports of the CCI for 2016 and 2017 years will be submitted in the session for approval.
The CCI will discuss the amended petroleum policy, LNG import, and amendment in the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) ordinance 2002. The issue of the NOC for installation of a 25MW hydro-power project located on Chashma-Jhelum Link Canal will also be the part of the agenda.

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A summary about privatization of the Haveli Shah Bahadur and Balloki power plants have also been sent to the council for decision. The issue of the distribution of natural resources under Article 158 and 172 will also be discussed in the CCI meeting.
The CCI will also discuss the appointment of the Chairman and Members of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA). The alternate energy policy 2019 will also be presented in the CCI session for approval.
President Arif Alvi had recently reconstituted the Council of Common Interests (CCI) on the advice of the prime minister. According to the notification, the new CCI will have seven members and will be chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Besides the prime minister as its chairman, other members of the council include chief ministers of four provinces and nominees of the federal government including Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza and Minister for Power Division Omar Ayub.
The ministers for finance, revenue & economic affairs and industries & production have been replaced in the CCI. Sindh has three members on the eight-member forum which has two members each from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Balochistan chief minister is the only member in the CCI from that province.
The CCI meeting was scheduled for December 11 but was cancelled owing to excess agenda shared from the Sindh. The prime minister has convened a meeting of the CCI on Dec 23 after a gap of more than thirteen months. Under Article 154 (3) of the Constitution, it is mandatory for the council to meet at least once in 90 days. The council’s last meeting was held on Nov 19, 2018.
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