ISLAMABAD - The energy committee on Tuesday finalised a fresh plan to reduce the power loadshedding in the country by generating additional 3000MW electricity within next ten days for which Petroleum Ministry would supply 207mmcfd gas to power sector, and also ensure requisite fuel supply to the power plants for which the Ministry of Finance was directed to provide sufficient funds for the purpose.The violent protests by the helpless masses against the unending power outages in the country forced the then Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to convene energy committee meeting on Tuesday. Yusuf Raza Gilani chaired this meeting as his last meeting as Prime Minister. The energy committee directed the Ministry of Water and Power to increase power generation to the level of 13500MW during next ten days from existing 10500MW. The supply of 207mmcfd gas will contribute 1150MW to the national grid.Sources informed The Nation that Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE) headed by then Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh presented a detailed plan to overcome the ongoing power crisis in the country. The CCE informed the meeting that a special campaign would be started in next few days to recover power dues from different government departments including provinces, which would help in reducing the circular debt. A sub-committee comprising Finance Minister, Petroleum Minister and Water and Power Minister would meet with provinces for power dues. Sources said that CCE briefed the meeting that Finance Ministry released Rs 8 billion on Monday for Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) to reduce loadshedding in the country. The meeting also decided to set up a Crisis Management Cell in the Ministry of Water and Power to monitor the situation on permanent basis to preempt the crisis situation. The Cell will work under the supervision of the Cabinet Committee on Energy. The meeting directed that the distribution companies must ensure the equitable distribution of electricity and especially to the far-flung and the less developed regions of the country. For the purpose of equitable distribution, it was also decided that the distribution network must ensure transparency so that the all the regions of the country get fair share of electricity and also equal loadshedding.It was also decided in the meeting that lift irrigation and the agriculture tube wells will continue to be the priority of the government as the major population of the country’s livelihood depends on the sector. It was also decided that NAPRA will pursue on pro-active basis the upfront tariff for the electricity generated by using bagasse.It was apprised in the meeting that the Planning Commission on Monday approved a project of 4000 solar powered tube wells with 50 per cent subsidy in the provinces and 100 per cent in Balochistan at a total cost of Rs 13 billion with subsidy element of Rs 8 billion. This will release about 60MW of power for the national grid.The meeting was attended by then Minister Water and Power Ch Ahmad Mukhtar, Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Dr Asim Hussain, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Rehman Malik, Syed Sumsam Ali Shah Bukhari, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr Nadeem ul Haq, Secretaries Cabinet, Finance, Water & Power, Petroleum, Planning & Development, EAD, Chairman WAPDA, Chairman, OGRA, and the senior officials of the relevant ministries.