ISLAMABAD - Prime Min-ister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has approved in principle the energy sector reforms in order to improve the perform-ance of the energy sector and to provide it a sustainable base. The country, he said, could not afford to allow public sector enterprises to keep bleeding. The Prime Minister acco-rded the approval during a special meeting held in the Prime Ministers House here on Tuesday to examine the proposed Power Sector Reforms. Earlier, the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission detailed the salient features of the proposed reforms and their possible impact. The presentation was prepared after broad consul-tations with energy experts, concerned ministries, busin-ess groups as well as donor agencies experts. It was recognised that the energy sector reforms are of central importance for the revival of the economy and for maintaining the fiscal discip-line. It was observed that if a comprehensive reform plan was not pursued, the burden of PEPCO subsidies could surpass Rs 225b during the financial year 2010-11, which would be greater than the budget of the entire civilian government. The Prime Minister directed that besides structural reforms, such as unbundling of PEPCO, independence to DISCOs and improvement in management efficiency, the fuel mix should also be altered to provide more gas to the energy sector in order to lower the cost of electricity. He further directed that the provinces should also be taken on board regarding the Energy Reform Plan after its approval from the Cabinet. He also emphasised that the people be apprised of the facts through interaction to explain the logic of the reforms. The meeting was also attended by the Finance Minister, Minister for Water and Power and other members of the economic team.