ISLAMABAD - The Sub-Committee of Senate Standing Committee on Power has Friday recommended free 400 units to mosques to get fatwa from imam against electricity theft.

The sub-committee, met here with Senator NaumanWazir in the chair, was also informed that the previous government has caused a loss of Rs40 billion to Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) because the company was forced to implement zero load shedding in high losses areas.

The committee was informed that cabinet during previous regime had decided that Pesco should provide uninterrupted supply of electricity in high losses areas which resulted in a loss of Rs40 billion to the utility.

The committee noted that if line losses, electricity theft, technical and administrative losses were not controlled it will not only increase burden on the power consumers but will also incur losses of billion of rupees on national exchequer.

He said that the electricity losses are one of the biggest problems of the country and the subcommittee has compiled 20 recommendations for controlling line losses and power theft.

The subcommittee also recommended the ministry to garner the support of religious scholars and get a Fatwa against stolen electricity and its repercussion on daily life as per Sharia.

It further recommended that first 400 units of electricity will be provided free to mosques whose Imam will give a fatwa about use of stolen electricity. It further recommended provision of 200 police men and 2 magistrates to Discos.

The salaries and other expenses of these deputionists would be paid by Discos. The subcommittee recommended outsourcing the feeders of high losses areas to stop electricity theft.

It further noted that board of directors of Discos were appointed on political basis and recommended to stop such practice to avoid political interference in the decision making of power distribution companies.

The committee was informed that 11 percent security losses is permitted to Pesco, 5.5 percent to Hesco,13 percent to Sepco and 6.5 percent to Tesco. The committee questioned that why different committees are allowed to have different administrative losses?

Nepra officials informed the sub-committee that law and order situation in areas of Sepco was poor. Sepco CEO said that provincial government did not cooperate to take actions against those involved in power theft cases.

He said that board of directors of Sepco had now allowed to take services of Rangers to deploy in areas of power theft.

He said that cases were now directly being filed in session courts against those involved in power theft.

Sepco CEO informed that the provincial government is not cooperating with the company and out of 12000 complaints action was taken on only 82 complaints.

The chairman of sub-committee said that a uniform formula should be devised to determine the losses in power distribution companies.

He said that Discos would not be allowed to determine administrative losses without any formula in place in future.

He said that Nepra Chairman Tariq Sadozai was taking pressure of power distribution companies. Nauman Wazir convener committee enquired why there was a difference of losses among different companies.