ISLAMABAD - The Federal government Thursday removed Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of four distribution companies(Discos), for poor performance, inefficiency and higher losses.

The minister for power division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari said that the CEOs were removed because they could not control electricity theft and lines losses that doubled the power sector losses to Rs40 billion October-December 2017 compared to about Rs21.8 billion of the same period last year.

He said while the government kept on increasing generation capacity, the losses kept on increasing because of poor performance of the distribution companies. The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) who have removed are CEO of Sukkur Electric Supply Company (SEPCO) Abdul Lateef Anjum, Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) CEO Wajid Ali Kazmi, Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) CEO Shabir Ahmad Gilani and Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) CEO Rehmatullah Baloch.

Zakaullah Gundapure, who was currently working as a CEO Tribal Electric Supply Company (TESCO), was made PESCO CEO, Attaullah Bhutta was made CEO of QESCO, Mujahid Pervez Chatta was appointed as CEO of LESCO and Saeed Ahmad was appointed as CEO of SEPCO. Amjad Khan was appointed as CEO of TESCO.

The minister said that the Board of Directors of the four discos had been asked to appoint fresh CEOs to fill the posts at the earliest. It merits a mention that on December 27 Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) has issued explanation letters to the CEOs of PESCO and QESCO for its worst performance in meter reading and high losses.

Besides incurring losses of almost Rs 11 billion by QESCO and PESCO, both the discos have failed to achieve the target of picture-based meter reading, acquiring the numbers of customers, transparency in meter reading, said the spokesman for the PEPCO.

Following their worst performance explanation letter were issued to the CEOs of QESCO and PESCO. During the month of December the AT&C losses of QESCO were around 79.8 percent while PESCO losses were 48.3 percent, said an explanation letters issued by PEPCO to the CEOs of QESCO and PESCO.

According the identical explanation letters issued to QESCO CEO Rehmatullah Baloch, and PESCO CEO Shabir Ahmad, under Rule-5(IV) said that analysis of the data revealed that AT&C losses of your companies have been 79.8 percent and 48.3 percent respectively. It is estimated that QESCO under  Rehmatullah Baloch has incurred loss of Rs5.829 billion while PESCO under CEO Shabbir Ahmed Gilani has incurred a loss of Rs5.828 billion during December 2017.

According the charges leveled against the CEOs the explanation letter said that you are involved in an offence as envisaged by Section 39 of the Electricity Act 1910 and or you are guilty of professional dishonesty and inefficiency.

Being in charge of the company you failed to perform your role as CEO to control AT&C loss. You are guilty of laxity in control over your subordinates, which facilitated and encouraged commission of misconduct of huge AT&C losses. You are hereby served with this explanation letter under Rule-5(IV) of the aforesaid and are required to submit your written defence and to inform whether your desire to be heard in person to the undersigned within 14 days of the receipt of this letter.

According spokesman PEPCO, after a review of the performance of all Distribution Companies during the month of December 2017 it was found that all discos except Pesco, Sepco and Qesco have achieved the targets for picture-based meter reading for the domestic and commercial consumers.

In the drive for acquiring mobile phone numbers of all consumers Mepco, Iesco & Fesco were the top three discos with more than 90percent consumer mobile numbers in their database.

Performance of Hesco and Sepco was not encouraging with less than 24 percent consumer mobile numbers acquired till end December 2017. Pesco and Qesco were the worst since both could not acquire the mobile numbers of even 2percent of their total consumers.

According to the Pepco, Fesco was the best among all discos regarding no delay in implementation of its billing schedule closely followed by Mepco. Pesco and Qesco were the worst with maximum delays of 11 days and 7 days in one of their batches respectively.

In terms of accuracy of meter reading, Fesco and Mepco were the best with mistakes of only 0.96percent and 5.94 percent respectively; followed by Gepco and Hesco. Worst performers were Pesco and Lesco with mistakes as high as 29.42 percent and 26.6 percent respectively, the spokesman maintained. Performance of the discos as far as AT&C losses are concerned was very serious and alarming.

Worst performers on the basis of financial loss calculated by PITC through AT&C loss for the month of Dec. 2017 were Pesco and Qesco among all 10 discos .

It is estimated that Pesco under Shabbir Ahmed Gilani's control has incurred a loss of Rs5.828 billion while Qesco under Rehmatullah Baloch has incurred loss of Rs5.829 billion during Dec. 2017.

Lesco's performance was the worst with a total loss of Rs2.136 billion during December 2017 under control of Wajid Kazmi.