ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has announced reward money for those law-abiding citizens who would bring to the notice of the bureau about the cases of electricity thefts, illegal connections as well as misuse of authority by officials of power distribution companies (DISCOs). 

NAB spokesman Ramazan Sajid said that the NAB would reward such citizens with the money from the recovery of outstanding dues in accordance with the rules.

He said this “Public Notice” by NAB was intended to inform the general public, including defaulters of electricity, that the first phase of NAB Operation against defaulters of electricity dues had already expired on April 4, 2013. Names of those defaulters who failed to deposit the amount due by them have been uploaded on the bureau’s website.

The second phase of voluntary return is due to expire on April 19 and, after the expiry of the 30-day deadline, criminal proceedings will be initiated to arrest the defaulters and reference(s) would be filed against them, in the accountability courts, he said.  Failure to pay the monthly dues of electricity bills is a crime and the defaulters are being dealt in accordance with the law, he also said.

NAB has also directed DISCOs to disconnect the electricity connections of defaulters, failing which action would also be initiated against officers as well as officials of DISCOs under National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.