MULTAN -  The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) directed the line staff on Thursday not to work without security gear and pledged jobs for the children of workers killed in accidents in line of duty on priority basis.

Addressing a gathering of Mepco workers at its headquarters, Mepco Chief Executive Officer Muhammad Akram Chaudhry declared that it would set up its own schools and colleges to offer high quality education for the children of its workers, build housing societies on its land, resolve the issue of Wapda

Housing Society and hold regularisation board very soon to confirm the services of daily wagers and contract workers.

He further declared that the workers of sub divisions with high ratio of recovery and low ratio of line losses would be given prizes. He added that the Mepco administration resolved problems being faced by the workers on priority basis and the shortage of workers would be made up very soon.

He said that the workers were given one salary as bonus on good performance. “If the workers further improve their performance and achieve targets set by the authority, we’ll get them more bonuses from the ministry of water and power.” He said that Mepco staff worked hard to keep the houses of masses illuminated.

He stressed upon the Mepco workers to play their role in eliminating power theft. He said it was a national crime. He warned that Mepco would crush power pilferers and defaulters. “We’re the people who can run this department and who can make it a successful enterprise,” he said.

He asked the line staff to refrain from putting their lives in danger. “Pinpoint the officers and staff who work on lines without shutting them down.

We’ll take strict action against them,” he declared. He disclosed that the Mepco authority had signed agreements with Cardiology Institute and Cancer Hospital to offer its workers with good healthcare facilities.

Speaking on the occasion, WAPDA Hydro Union secretary general Khursheed Khan demanded Mepco administration confirm the services of daily wagers and contract workers.

He also demanded set up residential societies on Mepco lands, add representatives of union to welfare committees, set up Mepco Schools and Colleges in Mepco region, issue loans to meter readers for buying motor bikes and replace old or out of order phones of meter readers.