PR LAHORE - Federal Energy Minister Sardar Awais Ahmed Laghari has said that electricity employees should take all measures to overcome electricity theft, raise the recovery of electricity revenue and provide better services to electricity consumers.

During a meeting with a delegation of All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union CBA, he said that the ban imposed upon the recruitment of line, grid and meter reading staff would be lifted in order to overcome the serious shortage of the staff. He further said that every effort would be made to get ensured the provisions of safe working condition and provision of standard safety equipments to the line staff to prevent their accidents and ensure safe working conditions for them.

The delegation of the union was consisted of veteran trade union leader and General Secretary Khurshid Ahmed and President Abdul Latif Nizamani, Haji Ramzan Achakzai, Gohar Taj, Haji Muhammad Younas, Osama Tariq and other representatives of the union.

Energy Federal Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar and Pakistan Electric Supply Power Company Managing Director Dr Amir Ahmed were also present on the occasion. Earlier, the representatives of the union briefed the minister that the workers believe that it is their duty to provide better services to the electricity consumers, prevent electricity theft and recovery of its revenue; however, the serious shortage of staff with rising quantum of work and retirement of senior hands is resulting in work load.

They demanded lifting of ban on the recruitment against vacant post and urged to take effective measures to ensuring safe working conditions for workers. They also demanded that the recruitment of the children of deceased and retired employees against prescribed quota. They urged the minister to restart the closed Thermal Houses of Genco by supplying them gas in order to generate cheaper electricity. The union thanked the decisions taken by the minister for the welfare of the workers.