ISLAMABAD - A meeting of the special committee constituted by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on the prevailing energy crisis in the country held here Thursday under the chairmanship of the Federal Minister for Water & Power, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and discussed the current power situation and other related matters. The meeting was attended by Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Privatisation Commission, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Minister for Labour & Manpower, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Watto Minister for Industries and Production, Shahid Rafi, Secretary Water and Power, Riaz Ahmed Khan, Advisor on Water and Power, Salman Siddique, Secretary Finance, Salim Mehmood, Secretary Ministry of Petroleum, and senior officials of the Ministry of Water & Power, Pepco and SNGPL. According to an official note, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf while addressing the meeting said the government was taking all possible measures to reduce the gap between demand and supply of electricity in the country. He said the new IPPs and rental power plants were on schedule and loadshedding would be eliminated by December 31, 2009. The minister said the people should remain calm and avoid protests during the current season as load had increased due to hot weather. He, however, said that all the resources were being utilised to overcome the crisis. Pepco MD on the occasion gave a detailed briefing to the committee on the current power situation saying as a remedial measure about 1200MW would be injected in the national grid by July 27, 2009. Besides, two more units of Mangla powerhouse had started generation just a day before (on Wednesday), he told the meeting. Pepco MD further said that Mangla Power House would be completely restored by the end of the current week. He also gave a briefing on KESC power situation. Besides demand and supply situation of electricity, the committee also discussed the supply of gas to the power for the purpose of power generation. The meeting was informed that as per direction of the prime minister, additional furnace oil and gas had been supplied to the power plants and that had improved power generation process. The committee observed that the power situation would soon be normalized as a result of measures being taken by the government. The committee directed the Pepco to submit a daily comprehensive report on electricity demand and supply situation. The committee also directed that the additional oil and gas supply to the power plants should continue. Earlier, the Managing Director, PSO informed the meeting that oil supply to the power units would further improve. It was decided that the special committee would meet on daily basis till the situation normalizes. The committee will also visit Karachi on Monday to meet the KESC administration and other stakeholders.