Minister seeks assistance of provinces for bills recoveries

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari has written letters to all four chief ministers of the provinces seeking cooperation and assistance in bills recoveries and against power theft for bringing more and more areas under the zero loadsheddinng.

The federal minister, in his letters to the chief minister, also proposed establishment of joint task force by the federal and provincial governments for development of uniform measures, information sharing and improved coordination. He also proposed to nominate concerned officials from the provincial government behalf to lead the efforts in this regard.

Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, in his letter, also expressed the readiness to meet the chief ministers at any time at their convenience for discussing the modalities for the cooperation.

The federal minister in his letter wrote that the support by the provincial governments in the improved revenue collection and provision of security and policing will go a long way in improving the standards of living of the people of Pakistan. He said: “Together our endeavors are bound to bear fruits.” The federal minister, while recognising the support and assistance of the provincial governments, wrote that the federal government has been able to bring Pakistan out of an energy crisis on account of sufficient electricity being added in the national grid.

Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, in his letter, highlighted the hurdles and challenges that the power sector faces in achieving the logical ends. He in his letter pointed out that power theft is posing serious threat to the revenue collection and disturbing the liquidity of the sector must for its smooth running. He further highlighted that any revenue loss due to the power theft is bound to burden the complaint and paying consumers with higher electricity prices, which in turn hamper the quality of life of the domestic consumers besides burdening the national exchequer.

The federal minister, while underscoring the important role of the provincial governments, wrote that the collective efforts are needed in furthering the national good. He also mentioned in his letter the support by the provincial governments to the federal government in introduction of amendments in the legislative framework. Earlier, a delegation of Pakistan Kissan Itehad led by Khalid Khokhar met Federal Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari here and discussed matters relating to agriculture community.

During the meeting, the delegation members expressed their gratitude for the fixed rate of electricity for agriculture in the country. They also thanked the Minister for Power Division for his initiative against wrong billing and overbilling. They informed the federal minister that it has brought a great relief to the farmer community. The federal minister said that agriculture is the backbone of the country’s economy. He said that government is aware of the importance of the agriculture and is taking all step to facilitate the farmers for better agriculture yields.

The federal minister informed the delegation that in order to stop overbilling and wrong billing , the MEPCO has started AMR reading from this month. He said that we are also working on a comprehensive plan to minimize the new connection installation time from which the agriculture sector will also take benefit.

The federal minister urged the delegation for facilitation in the recovery of electricity bills. He said that government is also working on a plan to convert 30000 tubewells in Balochistan.

The delegation members briefed the minister on various issues relating to the agriculture sector pertaining to electricity distribution companies. The minister assured the delegation that government will consider all their matters and will take necessary steps to find solutions acceptable to all.

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