ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday took cognizance of the energy shortage in the country and the difficulties being experienced by the people due to this crisis. Chairing the first meeting of the Special Committee on Energy Crisis at the PM House here, he directed all relevant ministries and PEPCO to work out immediate measures to redress the situation. The meeting reviewed the situation of the supply and demand of electricity as well as oil and gas in various parts of the country. It was decided to ensure regular daily supply of oil and gas in order to obtain optimum capacity of power production in the country. The meeting directed the Ministry of Water and Power to ensure the daily delivery of 35000 tons of furnace oil and 100 mmcfd of additional gas for power plants. The Prime Minister appealed to the general public to show restraint while protesting against the ongoing power crisis in the country. He expressed the confidence that the situation would soon be normalized as a result of the remedial measures being taken by the government. During the meeting, the Prime Minister also spoke to Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat ul Ibad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on telephone for getting first-hand information on the current power situation in Sindh particularly Karachi. The Governor informed the Prime Minister that electricity supply in most areas of Karachi has been restored and assured him that intensive efforts are afoot to normalize the situation in the rest of the affected areas. The Prime Minister directed the committee to review the power supply situation on daily basis till the resolution of the ongoing power crisis. He directed the committee to visit Karachi and hold meetings with KESC and other stakeholders on Thursday. The Special Committee on Power Crisis constituted by the Prime Minister on Tuesday comprises ministers for Water and Power, Defence, Labour, Privatization, Parliamentary Affairs, Advisor to the PM on Petroleum and Natural Resources and Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs. Later, the Prime Minister held a meeting with the leading industrialists and discussed possible remedial measures for the power crisis. The Prime Minister observed that the private sector should take lead in resolving this crisis situation in the power sector. The industrialists shared with the Prime Minister their suggestions in the short and medium-term context. They presented following suggestions and proposals to address the current crisis: * HFO pricing formula be reviewed and its pricing may be brought under OGRA supervision. * All captive capacity based on HFO, which is reported to be around 2000 MW, be put into operation. * The pricing formulae for power and gas may be visited afresh and cross subsidization, particularly in the case of CNG and LPG may be reduced or eliminated. * Pricing basis of LPG may be reviewed and duty free import of LPG be allowed. * Solar power to villages be promoted by subsidizing imported equipment. * Import of LNG be expedited. * Coal based power station be offered to a group of prominent businessmen on private-public partnership basis. * Efforts at producing energy from alternate, sustainable sources like wind and solar has been too slow. The reasons for failure must be ascertained and corrective measures be adopted. Federal Ministers Syed Khursheed Shah, Dr Babar Awan, Syed Naveed Qamar, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar attended the meeting. Secretary Water and Power and MD PEPCO were also present during both the meetings. The industrialists included Mian Mansha, Tariq Saigol, Razzaq Daood and Tariq Mahmood.