PESHAWAR - The Chief Minister Pervez Khattak will lead provincial team before NEPRA for pleading the NHP issue on Tuesday and all parliamentary leaders of KP assembly will accompany him.

This was decided in a meeting at the Chief Minister Secretariat co-chaired by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sardar Mahtab Ahmed Khan and Chief Minister, Khyber Pakthunkhwa Pervez Khattak.

The issue of Net Hydel Profit (NHP) is vital for the fiscal stability of the province, the chief minister said.

Despite numerous decisions of CCI and NFC, WAPDA has been adamant in paying only the capped sum of NHP at Rs 6 billion annually, he added.

After years of hectic negotiations and persuasion, a technical sub-committee of the federal government agreed to uncap the NHP at the rate of Rs 1.10 per kWh as per minutes dated 16.03.2013, which were later ratified by ministerial committee on 16.03.2015 resulting in a tariff petition by WAPDA before NEPRA, now fixed for public hearing on 08.09.2015, Khattak said.

In this petition WAPDA has asked NEPRA to uncap NHP at the rate of Rs 1.10 per kWh, he added.

He requested the governor and all opposition leaders that in this matter of significant provincial interest, all parties are needed to rally support and voice the provincial position in unison.

Chief Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkwha explained the provincial strategy. He briefed the audience about the intervention request filed by the provincial government, its salient features and strategy so that the province must get the NHP uncapped.

Chief minister requested the opposition leaders to join him on the day of hearing to appear unanimous and united for this cause.

All the opposition leaders present during meeting fully supported and backed the provincial claim.

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa appreciated the provincial government’s strategy and advised them to stay focused on the uncapping of NHP.

He declared that it was a great achievement of this government to seek concurrence and approval from ministerial committee, headed by Khawaja Asif, Minister for Water and Power on the decisions dated 16.03.2013.

He advised the provincial government, not to reopen controversial issues such as payment of NHP as per Kazi committee formula and said that government must insist on rate of Rs 1.10 per kWh.

The chief minister and other ministers and MPAs consented to this suggestion. It was decided that Shumail Butt, Legal Advisor, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa must request NEPRA to allow the claim of WAPDA and pray for fixation of NHP at the agreed rate of Rs 1.10 per unit. It was also agreed that in case of any opposition from WAPDA or any other quarters, legal advisor and the provincial team must sternly resist.

In case NEPRA shows any reluctance, the government was mandated to raise the level of opposition to further levels and explore other legal and political remedies to make no compromise on provincial rights for which all the parties stand united.

Meeting was also attended by Asad Qaisar, Speaker Provincial Assembly, parliamentary leaders from treasury and opposition benches in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, MPAs and cabinet ministers including senior minister for LG&RD, ministers for education and energy and power, health and public health.