LAHORE - State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Saturday directed the management of NESPAK to undo all irregular promotions in the organization as well as ensure financial and performance audit and report him within seven days.

Talking to the media after a briefing by NESPAK Managing Director Amjad A. Khan during his first visit to the NESPAK here, he said the government was committed to eliminating corruption at all levels, especially the NESPAK to restore its sanctity and image at international level. He said that he also directed authorities concerned to also prepare a detailed report within a week about the misuse of vehicles, issuance of vehicle to non-entitled officers at the NESPAK platform.

To a question, the State Minister disclosed that during the past government, huge funds were available with NTDCL for improvement in the power transmission system, but unfortunately, these were not spent on the specific purposes rather surrendered. He termed it a sheer injustice with the people of Pakistan as well as negligence and inefficiency on the part of the last regime. Abid Sher Ali said the present government would take to task all those found involved in corruption at any level in the departments. He said the present government was keeping the documents and affairs of all the power sector projects open to the public and there was not an iota of corruption in these projects, citing that one could check their transparency by all aspects. To a question, the state minister said that following the Prime Minister’s direction, they had made effective steps for timely completion of 747MW Guddu Power House, 960MW Neelum-Jehlum Hydropower Projects and 425MWNandipur Power Project to narrow down the electricity demand and supply gap as early as possible.

The government, he added, was also striving hard for 150MW generation Daber Khuwar and Jubban Power Project by next month, while Gomal Zam and Satpara Dams had been completed and started contributing electricity to the national grid. In addition, he said, thermal power plants were being converted to coal-fire technology that would reduce the cost of electricity from Rs 21 to mere Rs 9 to 10 per unit, thus ultimately bringing down substantially the power tariff for electricity consumers of all categories.

To another query regarding initiation of power projects by India on the Pakistani waters, he said, the government was thoroughly reviewing all the matters in this regard and would adopt a comprehensive and effective strategy to safeguard Pakistan’s rights at all costs.