Lahore  -  Hundreds of electricity workers and engineers held a mass protest rally here under the aegis of Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union CBA and the Electricity Engineering Association against the failure of the law enforcing agencies to bring the electricity thieves to book.

the rally caused heavy financial loss to the national electricity public utility whereas the theft of electricity has increased its price rates and suffer the regular paying electricity consumers, The participants demanded the Government of Pakistan should provide security for the electricity staff alike Railway employees during prevention of the theft of electricity and recovery of electricity revenue from the lawless elements. They said three employees alone have been killed in Islamabad during the performance of those duties.

It was addressed by trade union leader Khurshid Ahmed and President of Electricity Engineering Association Ramzan Butt. They strongly urged the federal government to fill the vacant posts of electricity distribution and transmission companies to ease heavy burden upon the field staff and bring the contract employees performing their service satisfactorily on regular basis. By another resolution, the house called upon newly elected members of national and provincial assemblies to get allocated adequate resources for building new dams and hydel power stations to meet growing basic need of water and supply of cheaper electricity to the nation.