FAISALABD - A new paradigm shift along with focused accountability is imperative to bring a qualitative and quantitative improvement in power sector, said Federal Secretary Water & Power, Ms Nargis Sethi here on Saturday.

She was addressing a meeting of the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company's officers at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. She termed the energy sector the engine for economic growth but lamented that its performance was dissatisfactory. She said that there was a wide gap between demand and supply of electricity as the demand was increasing at the rate of 8 to 10 percent per annum.

She said, "For cheap energy, hydroelectricity is imperative to be generated but we are depending on costly thermal electricity. In this process, the government is bearing 50 percent additional cost which is intolerable for economic sustainability."

She said that short, medium and long-term plans had been chalked out while her focus was on the success of short term plan. This plan envisages a qualitative improvement in governance and management coupled with facilitation of consumers within the prevailing circumstances. She asked the officers to give viable, practicable and result-oriented suggestions to achieve the ultimate objectives for the revival of the power sector.  She also heard the proposals presented by the Fesco officers and pledged to resolve their problems within the shortest possible time. She also announced the winners of the Employee of the Month Award and the Distribution Company of the Month Award on the basis of improvement in recovery and curtailment of line loses

She asked the Fesco chief executive officer to monitor the performance of all the staffers. She directed uninterrupted power supply to the religious congregations. To a question, she said that the Punjab chief minister has ordered to attach one DSP along with 40 Jawans with each distribution company to control power theft.

Earlier, in his welcome address, CEO Iftikhar Ahmad briefed the federal secretary about the basic data of Fesco and said that the power sector had got new identity with reduced loadshedding and gross route improvement in customer services under the vision and road map given by her. He said that a new spirit has been infused in the Customer Services Centre which would not only improve overall image of Fesco but also boost economic and industrial activities in the region. 

LECTURE THEATRE OPENS: University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad inaugurated 'Lecture Theatres' at University Community College at Postgraduate Agricultural Research Station on the Jhang Road.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that teaching methodology and Chemistry had been changed and small classrooms are being converted into lecture theaters equipped with modern audio visual aids.

Dr Iqrar maintained that theaters have total capacity of 500 students at a time which of course will become an innovative solution of energy conservation in harmonised learning manner. He urged the students to equip themselves with modern techniques in order to enhance their capacity in accordance with international standards.

He also inaugurated a funfair organised by the Laboratory School PARS Campus and visited various stalls. He attended the cultural show and announced prizes for the students through a lucky draw. Dr Khalilur Rehman, the Coordinator of the University Community College, and Dr Bushra Sultana, the principal of Laboratory School, were also present.