ISLAMABAD - The governments committee on energy sector issues Friday came with a proposal to award rigorous punishment to those who found in power theft by disconnecting their power supply and sending them to jail, sources told TheNation. The governments committee on energy sector issues held its fourth meeting on Friday under the chair of Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. The committee, which is discussing power issues including loadshedding and circular debt, came up with a suggestion to award grim punishment to those who were not paying their bills and found guilty in power theft. The committee opined that such people should be sent to jail and the government should disconnected their supply. According to the sources, the meeting decided to reduce the line losses in order to minimise the subsidy given to the power sector and in this regard all power companies would be given task. The sources were of the view that meeting was informed that circular debt was around Rs 500 billion, however another official who attended the meeting told TheNation that circular debt was still uncertain and not finalised yet. The committee also observed that in order to get $700 million from Asian Development Bank (ABD) and World Bank (WB), it is important to expedite the power reforms in the country, as international institutions linked the loan with the power reforms. Similarly, the committee decided that power subsidy given to the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) should not be exceeded than Rs 10 billion during the ongoing financial year 2011-2012, as allocated in the annual budget. The sources further informed that meeting also discussed issues related to the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) in detail.