KARACHI - The Sindh government has released Rs4.5 billion arrears of electricity bills to Hesco and Sepco as first instalment of total arrears of Rs27 billion.

Energy Secretary Agha Wasif and Finance Secretary Hassan Naqvi said this during a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at Chief Minister’s House on Friday.

Briefing the chief minister, Energy Secretary Agha Wasif said that Hesco and Sepco were issuing inflated power bills. “After your (chief minister’s) meeting with Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif, a reconciliation process of bills was started,” he said. After some regular and extensive meetings, the two sides agreed at Rs27 billion as outstanding amount from 2010 to 2016. He said there were 295 connections of both power companies in Sindh. Their current bill stood at Rs837 million. The Ministry of Water and Power had agreed to pay them Rs27 billion in six instalments.

Finance Secretary Hassan Naqvi said that with the approval of Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah he released Rs4.5 billion as first instalment to Hesco and Sepco. “I have also released Rs837 million current bill,” he said.

The chief minister directed the chief secretary to issue instructions to all departments, including the local government department, to pay their electricity bills on time.

DR ADIB RIZVI MEETS CM

Living legend Prof Dr Adib Rizvi called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at the CM House and discussed issues relating to SUIT Karachi and SUIT Sukkur.

The chief minister lauded the services of Dr Rizvi and said he would personally solve the problems of SIUT Sukkur.

UNDER-TRAINING ASPS

CALL ON CM

Speaking to a delegation of 40 under-training ASPs at New Sindh Secretariat on Friday, the chief minister said there were a lot of challenges for police officers who were going to join their field duty after completing their training.

He said the Sindh government was spending huge funds on maintenance of law and order in the province. “It was will of the government, support of the citizens and efforts and sacrifices of our police, Rangers and other agencies that peace has returned to the city,” he said.

He said that peace in Karachi was very dear to him because it had been achieved after a lot of sacrifices.

The chief minister said, “I have given special attention to the police training and sent newly inducted policemen for military training because they have to face challenges of fighting against organised crime and terrorism.”

Later, the chief minister presented mementos to the ASPs. They presented the chief minister a shield.