ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf took strong exception to the long hours of loadshedding in many areas of the country during the last two days despite the fact that the power generation in the country had gone up to around 14,000 mw but the people had been facing the same level of loadshedding when gap of demand and supply was very wide.

The Prime Minister observed this during a high-level meeting of Energy Committee at the PM House on Tuesday which was attended by Minister of Water and Power Ch Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr. Asim Hussain and Minister for Information & Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira as well as the Secretaries of relevant Ministries.

The Prime Minister, accompanied by all the participants, left the meeting and paid a surprise visit, without protocol, to National Power Control Centre (NPCC), Islamabad, to ascertain exact position of power generation and its distribution.

During the visit, the Prime Minister directed the Management to remove the flaws in the distribution system and make sure that the people face the minimum of loadshedding as they were facing before Ramazan.The Prime Minister further directed that there should no loadshedding during ‘Iftar and Sehar’ timings.

The Prime Minister has also summoned a meeting of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association and the CEOs of DISCOs on Wednesday (today) aimed for taking them into confidence regarding implementation of minimum loadshedding plan keeping in view the added demand of electricity due to the holy month of Ramazan and the continuous hot and humid weather in the country. Prime Minister directed the Minister for Petroleum to ensure uninterrupted and sufficient supply of fuel oil to the power sector.

The supply of available gas should also continue, the Prime Minister directed. The Finance Minister said that his Ministry would continue to extend full financial support to the power sector in order to minimise the gap between the demand and supply of electricity in the country.