LAHORE - PML-Q President Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has presented a formula to end ongoing electricity loadshedding in the country, if the provinces spare Rs 50 billion, they are due to receive under NFC Award, to the Federation for payment to power plants.

Talking to the newsmen at his Gulberg residence on Monday afternoon, Shujaat said the installed power generation capacity in the country was 23,000 megawatts, against which only 15,000 megawatts were being produced. He added remaining power plants were either closed or producing less electricity for want of resources to meet oil and other requirements.

Shujaat said under the NFC Award, provinces were due to get another Rs 50 billion during the remaining three months of the current financial year. He proposed if the Federation deducts this amount for the remaining three months and allocates the same to power plants then loadshedding in cities would end and its duration would reduce considerably in rural areas. He said if the provincial governments cooperate with the Federation the issue of loadshedding could easily be resolved.

Continuing, he said the success of this simple formula depended on the big-heartedness and positive thinking of all the chief ministers. He added the factories would start working once again, unemployment would be reduced to a great extent and the national economy would start growing if his plan is implemented.

The senator said that a full-fledged campaign should be launched against incidents of power theft and action should be taken against the perpetrators so that honest electricity consumers were not unnecessarily over-burdened.

To a question, he said that PML-N’s protest rally against loadshedding was unjustified, adding that the PML-Q was a well-wisher of the people and an ally of the government that is why it was giving the piece of advice to enable the government to eliminate power shortages.

Earlier, MNA Omar Sibghatuillah Rashdi, son of Pir Pagaro Sibghatullah Rashdi, along with Makhdoom Ali Akbar called on Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at their residence. On this occasion, former Federal Health Minister Naseer Khan and former Punjab Education Minister Mian Imran Masood were also present.