KARACHI - The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has launched safety vision and policy which has brought the cases of employees on-work electrocution cases down to zero during the past two months, and this has happened for the first time in the history of the company. Addressing a media briefing here on Saturday, Amir Zafar, directory safety department KESC, said the policy was centred at reducing accidents/incidents of employees, assets and public, alike. The theme was: Everyone is responsible for own safety, and that of his peers and colleagues. Through active management support, drive to reduce accidents was undertaken. The accidents/incidents have reduced by 33 per cent this year as compared to last year. He further said that by adopting a 3-pronged strategy the safety promotional activities had been increased by 114 per cent; safety trainings by 130 per cent and safety surveys had been augmented by 140 per cent. Public fatalities came down by 30 per cent this year against last year. This was made possible through media advertising campaign, sign boards placement at important places throughout the City and distribution of pamphlets among the general public. We are continuing our drive to ensure that safety enjoys paramount importance throughout the organisation, he added. Zafar informed the media persons that besides motivation and training, a system of check and balance had also been introduced, and a procedure of reward and reprimand had been developed to ensure maximum safety. Cash awards had been given to employees who supported safety efforts and disciplinary action was envisaged for those not following safety rules. However, Jan Abbas Zaidi, chief operating officer distribution, informed the media that during the week, the KESC had disconnected 12,000 non-paying consumers in the City. However, a total of 7,992 consumers had made full or partial payment and their supply had been restored. The Region-I had reconnected 2,274 consumers, Region-II 2,465, Region-III 2,162 and Region-IV 1,091. The IBC Clifton had raided at Afghan Carpet showroom on October 28 during random checking. Both the meters installed at the premises had been found tampered. An FIR had been registered against Shamim Ahmed Usman under Section 39 of the Electricity Act, he added. On the other hand, while giving out operational update, Zaidi said that the deficit of gas continued to exist and on Saturday the KESC had been receiving 194MMCF instead of the required 280MMCF of gas. This was the major reason behind a shortfall of 219 megawatts of electricity at 2:00pm that day, when the demand stood at 1,933MWs while the utility had been supplying 1,714MWs.