ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, Inter-Provincial Coordination and Special Initiatives Monday directed NEPRA to prevail upon the power generation and distribution companies to strive for making substantial reduction in line losses and pilferage and also not to pass on these losses to unsuspecting consumers. The committee which met at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Senator Shahid Hassan Bugti observed that by and large NEPRA is disappointing the people as far as protection of the interest of the consumers is concerned. The Senate Committee said that cartels are still coming up in the power sector like those in sugar, cement etc. and consumer satisfaction is at a sad discount. Domestic consumers extended their full cooperation to WAPDA, KESC etc. and it is about time to return the compliment and to improve their lot, it remarked. Members of the Committee observed that WAPDA, KESC officials even dont have the courtesy to pick up the telephone when consumers approach them at odd hours to register their complaints regarding unscheduled outages. The behaviour of senior officials is a lot better but those in the field continue to misbehave with the general public, they added. The Senate body also took exception to the practice of supplying electricity free of cost to large number of WAPDA employees and said at times of great shortage this policy should be reviewed. It also called for construction of small dams and utilizing the potential of alternate sources like coal, solar, wind etc. to overcome the shortage. The meeting directed PPRA to submit complete record of the procurements of Rs. one million or more made in government departments during last one year. It also asked PTA to urge telecom companies further improve their service quality. Earlier, the Chairman NEPRA informed the Committee that the Parliament passed NEPRA Act and the Authority was set up on 16th Dec 1997.