ISLAMABAD - Sub-committee of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on the Natural Gas Load Management Programme 2009-10 on Monday suggested two holidays option in a week across the board to share gas burden in the winter season. Federal Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Syed Naveed Qamar presided over the meeting that discussed various proposals aimed at reaching a formula of gas sharing acceptable to all stakeholders in case of gas shortfall in the winter season. Minister for Industries and Production Mian Manzoor Wattoo informed the committee that representatives of cement, textile, fertiliser and various others industry associations were on board and a consensus existed on two holidays option. According to the sources, majority of the committee members agreed on the two holidays in a week idea that would be presented before the cabinet within few days for approval. It was also suggested that all sectors including CNG should share the brunt of load management and two holidays option be made applicable across the board. Earlier, the government was considering shutting down CNG stations for three months, however, with strong resistance from the CNG association the idea was dropped. Syed Naveed Qamar stressed the need to explore all possible options to bridge gap between supply and demand to minimise the impact of rising gas demands in the winter season. The government, he said, was taking full cognisance of the problem and making all out efforts for judicious management of the gas load to avoid inconvenience to the consumers le thus minimising the adverse affects on the export earnings and national exchequer. Naveed Qamar also advised the management of SNGPL to make all out efforts to introduce energy saving gadgets during ensuing winter and make it accessible to all and sundry. It is worth mentioning here that gas companies has already issued notices to the textile units for gas load shedding even before the decision taken by the ECC committee. According to the notices, load shedding would remain for next five months (November-March). The meeting was also attended by federal ministers for water and power, industries, finance, textile and representatives of other ministries.