OMCs must have 21 days stock of POL products, federal cabinet decides

ISLAMABAD: Authorities to enforce license condition that Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) must have 21 days stock in order to ensure availability of petroleum products.

Prime Minister Imran khan chaired the meeting of the federal cabinet held on Tuesday. The prime minister directed the Minister of Petroleum and Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to ensure that every OMC maintains 21 days stock to meet its license conditions.

The cabinet took serious note of the artificial shortage of petrol in the country. The Prime Minister directed that maximum punitive action must be taken against all those responsible for this.

The following specific directions were given:

a. The Cabinet noted that OGRA and Petroleum Division have legal authority to physically enter and inspect oil companies storage facilities. The Cabinet directed Petroleum Ministry to form joint raiding teams comprising of representatives of Petroleum Division, OGRA, FIA and District administrations. The teams shall inspect all petrol depots/storage. They have all authority to enter any site. Anyone found involved in hoarding shall face full force of law, including arrest and forced release of such stores.

b. Any company found not maintaining the mandatory stocks and supply to its outlets, as per their license, shall face punitive actions, including suspension and cancellation of license and heavy fines.

c. The Prime Minister directed that the Petroleum Division and OGRA take all actions necessary to ensure regular supplies within 48-72 hours.

d. Ministry of Energy informed the cabinet that while June 2019 total supplies were 650,000 metric tons while supplies arranged for June 2020 are 850,000 metric tons. The cabinet urged the public not to engage in panic buying. The stocks that are being hoarded will be identified and ensured to be available in the market and action taken against hoarders.

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