ISLAMABAD - Under the new media management plan, the Ministry of Water and Power claimed on Thursday that it has reconstituted the board of directors of Sukkar Electric Supply Company (SEPCO) and Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO), which resulted in better management of said companies and their indicators have started improving.

In a handout Ministry asserted that the previous Boards had failed to meet expected standards of performance and were unable to achieve the targets agreed in a performance contract signed with PEPCO in 2014.

It further stated that the Government also gave representation to the Provincial Government in both these Boards by appointing Commissioners of Sukkur and Larkana in the SEPCO Board and Commissioners of Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas, in HESCO Board.

The press release stated that In SEPCO, Nisar Ahmed Siddique, an MBA from Boston University, has been chosen by the Board as its Chairman. Siddiqui is well-known educationist of Sindh and recently, in recognition of his valuable services for education of Pakistan, Government of Pakistan has awarded him with Sitara-E Imtiaz.

Nazar Hussain Mahar, a retired federal secretary has been elected as Chairman of HESCO Board. He, according to officials, has a wealth of experience in the fields of public sector management, finance, planning and administration. His experience of steering the provincial Planning Department as Additional Chief Secretary is valuable to the management of the affairs of HESCO. His last assignment was that of Chairman Sindh Revenue Board.

This is the first development after the launch of government’s new media policy last month. In this new strategy bureaucrats were asked to defend the government. Through a letter, all the ministries were asked to appoint focal persons in every department not less than additional secretary/Joint Secretary level, who will hold weekly meetings with press.

The bureaucrats are also told to react immediately in case of any news which may undermine government by issuing instant rebuttals. According to sources this letter was issued after the secretary committee accepted the responsibility in its meeting. According to political sources the bureaucrats has been put forward after they allegedly misguided the Ministers and they on camera presented false figures and made promises.

The move also aims to rebuild the image of the present government, which has been tarnished by the allegations of massive corruption.

According to sources the bureaucrats also decided to stop giving business to media houses in the form of advertisements, who carry negative news.

However, no such advisory is included in written instructions. It however, directs all offices to magnify achievements of government in media and other forums.