MUBASHIR HASSAN AND ABRAR SAEED LAHORE/ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani failed to allay the concerns of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif about reduced supply of gas to the province when the two met on Sunday to discuss the energy crisis in the country. Due to the difference of opinion, the premier agreed to convene an emergency meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) to resolve the issue. Sources privy to the meeting told TheNation that Shahbaz forcibly pleaded Punjabs case about non-availability of Sui gas, a prime concern of Punjab government at the moment. As per sources, Gilani had a different view on the issue, as he believed that no discrimination was being meted out to Punjab about distribution of gas. The chief minister, however, insisted that this was not the case, and also asked the premier to convene a meeting of CCI to resolve of the issue. Gilani reportedly agreed to call the meeting. It is important to note that the CCI meeting is convened when there is a difference of opinion between the provinces and the centre over any matter of national importance. All the four chief ministers will attend the meeting. The Punjab CM earlier described gas interruptions in Punjab as a serious problem, causing great setback to industrial sector and also adding to already acute situation of unemployment and poverty. Explaining serious problems, Shahbaz told Gilani that export orders of industries were being cancelled and a number of industrial units had closed down. He complained that in spite of repeated assurances by the federal government, the announcement for the supply of gas to Punjab had not been implemented which was a cause of concern and anxiety to investors, industrialists and workers. The two leaders, however, also exchanged pleasantries on the occasion. Shahbaz, while lauding the governments policy of taking all political forces on board on all issues, invited Gilani to visit the Murree hills during the winter. The CM also apprised the premier of ongoing development projects especially in the less-privileged areas of the province. Meanwhile, an official news agency quoted Prime Minister Gilani as having said during his meeting with Shahbaz that grand economic reconciliation was required for the collective good of the country. All the political forces would be taken along on all issues like the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) and others to harness economic reconciliation, he said, adding that efforts for economic reconciliation were vital for creating political stability conducive to sustainable economic growth. The premier said the resolution of the economic as well as security challenges should be the top priority of the political parties, adding that eradication of terrorism, religious extremism, resolution of energy crisis in the country and economic welfare of the common man require unconditional support from all political forces. Gilani said through the repeal of the authoritarian 17th Amendment and passage of the 18th one, the Parliament had been made sovereign and supreme. Meanwhile, Gilani has said that the policy of reconciliation and consensus had played a pivotal role in sorting out major issues faced by the country. Policy of reconciliation should be pursued in letter and spirit in the days to come for the welfare of the masses, he said during a meeting with Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa who called on the premier at his residence. Gilani said the government was reviewing its economic agenda so as to modify it for providing maximum relief to the vulnerable sections of society. He said the government would deal with all challenges with political will and determination. Khosa thanked the prime minister for reposing confidence in him by proposing his name for the appointment as Punjab governor and said he would represent the federation in Punjab in a befitting manner. The family of the new governor also accompanied him. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gilani has called the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI) on Tuesday (tomorrow) to devise strategy to manage the gas crisis in consultation with the provinces and also to take up the matter of tuning up state corporations running into losses of billions of rupees annually. The CCI meeting, under the chair of Prime Minister, with all the four chief ministers and other technical staff would review the existing gas load management plan and also take measures to address the genuine problems of the provinces with special reference to the concerns shown by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Sources in the government further informed that CCI would likely give a new gas management plan with special relief to domestic and industrial consumers of the commodity. The CCI would likely take up the restructuring of state-run corporations including Pakistan Railways, Steel Mills, Utility Stores Corporation, PIA and a number of others which were running into loss of billions and would likely gave approval to the agenda finalised by the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet to govern the affairs of these state-run corporations through the board of governors, comprising technical people having impeccable character. The sources further informed that in this way, Gilani-led coalition government would also be initiating implementation on the 10-point agenda for economic reformation given by Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif to the government. A week back Prime Minister Gilani, following the conditions set by PML-N for extending support to the incumbent political dispensation, in a press conference had mentioned that the government was already working on the plan to restructure Pakistan Railways, PIA, Steel Mills and other state-run entities running in huge losses. He further said that he would take up the matter of restructuring of these state-run corporations in CCI and would take decision in consultation with all the four chief ministers in the larger interest of the country. The sources further said that Mian Nawaz Sharif in his 10-point formula included formation of board of governors to run these state-owned corporations, as it was the only way to purge these corporations of blatant corruption and put the house in order to make these departments profitable. It is pertinent to mention here that ECC had proposed formation of 12-member board of governors to work on restructuring of Pakistan Railways while it was further recommended that the board should be given freehand to handle the affairs and reduce its beyond calculation losses. The ECC had also proposed a board of governors for Utility Stores Corporation and also suggested that it should be brought out of the administrative control of Ministry of Industries and Production so that the board of governors could run its affairs free from pressure from any quarter. Similar recommendations are also proposed for Pakistan Steel Mills and eight power companies and their separation from the Ministry of Water and Power.