KARAK: Leaders of various political parties have criticized the provincial government for abolishing the formula for distributing the district’s oil and gas royalty funds.
At a joint meeting held here the other day under the chairmanship of Hajat Ghani, they demanded the immediate reinstatement of the royalty distribution formula.
Local leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, Awami National Party, Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz attended the meeting.
The participants said that according to the given formula for distributing the royalty funds, 50 percent of the funds went to the producing tehsil and 25 percent each went to the other two tehsils, but now the government had wrested this directly from the oil. and gas producers Karak and Banda Daud Shah tehsils. Takht-i-Nusrati is the third tehsil in the district.
The speakers decided that they would not let anyone usurp the rights of oil and gas producing tehsils and would resist this decision by the provincial government in all forums.
Meanwhile, MP Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhel also criticized the decision. Speaking to the media, he said that according to the formula, 50 percent of funds go to tehsil oil and gas producers and 25 percent each to other tehsils in the district.
He said the additional funds for oil and gas producing tehsils were intended to meet the basic needs of residents of areas where exploration work was underway. He said people in the production areas face different diseases due to exploration activities and local people are complaining about the lack of health facilities.
He called on the government to withdraw the decision and restore the formula for distributing oil and gas royalty funds among the three tehsils of Karak district.
Posted in Dawn, le 22 June 2021