ISLAMABAD - A parliamentary subcommittee has warned the managing directors of state-run oil and gas companies of a stern action, if they will not attend the next meeting of the committee.

A meeting of the National Assembly sub-committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Jamshed Dasti to review the matter of fresh recruitments in Sui Northern Gas Pipe Line Limited (SNGPL), Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Oil and Gas Development Company and Pak Arab Refinery Company (PARCO).

The committee expressed annoyance over the absence of managing directors of the oil and gas companies, noting that the managing directors must have to attend meeting. The committee also sought explanation from the Petroleum secretary about the absence of oil and gas companies’ heads.

“Absence from the committee meetings is tantamount to not giving importance to the constitution,”Jamshid Dasti said, adding that strict action would be taken against the officials who did not attend committee’s meeting.

The committee recommended that all daily wages employees of the OGDCL should be issued salaries before Eid, saying an action would be taken in case of noncompliance. The committee also recommended regularizingof all contractual, third party contract and daily wages employees of the company.

Briefing to the committee, OGDCL Deputy Managing Director Basharat Mirza said that the company had recruited 590 employees on contract in OGDCL from February 2008 to September 2012; out of which 353 had been regularized while the remaining cases were under process.

“OGDCL has a total strength 10,297 out of which 246 employees are contractual workers, whereas 2,884 have been appointed by third party contract,”Mirza said, adding that no fresh recruitment in the company would be made without the approval of the Petroleum Ministry.

The committee chairman directed the OGDCL that quota policy strictly be followed in the appointment process and all employees who were appointed on third party contract should be regularized.