Nepra itself directed KE to collect bank charges from consumers

KARACHI (PR): K-Electric, through its press statement, has strongly criticized NEPRA’s role regarding bank charges, as the regulatory body itself had directed KE to collect these charges from its consumers. KE has once again clarified its position regarding the bank collection charges and according to KE’s statement, the purported decision issued by NEPRA is illegal, in excess of the powers contained within the NEPRA Act and in violation of the NEPRA rules and regulations.

NEPRA in its decision of May 27th 2010 had clearly termed such collections as ‘lawful’ which shows that NEPRA itself is negating its earlier decision now. This was further approved by NEPRA in tariff terms and conditions to be collected separately. Further, NEPRA in its recent letter dated 5th July 2013 confirmed that such charges are in accordance with the approval of the Authority. Statement would also like to clarify that KE is not the only utility company acquiring such charges from consumers, as all the DISCOs have included these bank charges which are included in their tariffs. KE on the other hand, keeps these charges separately on its bill which is evident and shows transparency.

Spokesman KE said, “These charges are not a part of KE’s Tariff as these charges are directly handed over to the banks. There is confusion amongst NEPRA officials on this issue and they themselves should try to understand it before contradicting their own earlier decisions”.

KE’s statement said that there is no sort of duplication of such charges in its bills, as claimed by NEPRA and these bank charges are not a part of KE’s O&M, which has been cleared time and time again, in letters directed to NEPRA. These bank charges are posted separately on KE’s monthly bills which shows absolute transparency in the bill. NEPRA being the Regulatory Authority should at least hold a hearing in this regard so that the confusion settles down.

Coordinator to PM for overseas Pakistanis appointed

LAHORE (PR): Zubair Gull, president PML-N UK, has been appointed as coordinator to Prime Minister for overseas Pakistanis.

During a meeting at Prime Minister House, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif ordered for the appointment of his most trustworthy companion Zubair Gull as his coordinator for overseas Pakistanis. CM Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif was also present at this meeting.

Both the leaders of PML-N showed their full confidence in Zubair Gull & promised to solve the problems of overseas Pakistanis. “Pakistanis living abroad are the backbone of Pakistan’s economy”, said the PM. Mian Shahbaz Sharif congratulated Zubair Gull on this very important task and assured him of his full support.

NBP Haj balloting

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): National Bank of Pakistan conducted Haj 2015 balloting for 25 employees (5 executives up to VP, 10 officers up to Grade-I and 10 clerical/non-clerical staff) for performance of Haj on Bank’s expenses.

NBP President Syed Iqbal Ashraf presided over the Haj balloting ceremony. A large number of representatives of the unions and bank employees were present on the occasion.

PODA welcomes pro-women rights bill in Punjab

LAHORE (PR) - Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA) has welcomed the announcement of 5 legal reforms in Punjab. Ms Sameena Nazir, Executive Director PODA, said this is a very positive development that will go a long way in protecting rights of women and girls in Pakistan.

PODA works with rural communities across Pakistan. PODA has shared this news with the women in rural areas and they also appreciate these reforms, she said, adding that we are hopeful that these changes will strengthen women’s rights to inheritance, prohibit child marriage, ensure written consent of first wife for second marriage, ensure compulsory registration of marriages with proper administering of Nikah form and facilitate improvements to make Family Courts more efficient.

PODA its offers full support to the Government of Punjab particularly Women Development Department in Punjab in implementation of the laws immediately. She said PODA looks forward to cooperating with the Punjab government to ensure that these positive actions will help to improve the situation of women and girl child in Pakistan to end violations of their rights.