LAHORE - The Prime Ministers House located in Defence Y-Block has not paid electricity bill worth more than Rs 1 million for seven months. However, it is very surprising that the Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) has been defending the nonpayer since a local TV revealed the matter on Saturday morning. It is worth mentioning here that the citizens are penalised and even deprived of facility of electricity if they fail to pay their bills for two consecutive months. Commenting on the situation, some citizens regretted that only the poor were facing the 'wrath of the rulers and government officials while the rich and influential people always enjoy perks and default on loans and bills of utilities. I always try to pay the bills on time because I know that my connection would be cut off if I failed to do so on time, Naveed, a trader, told this scribe. Another resident of Mozang narrated that the Lesco officials gave written warning to disconnect power supply in case of non-payment of bills. He said the officials had always complained about the defaulters of bills worth millions of rupees, however the case of the PM House was totally different. On the other side, the company, in a statement, said the federal department PWD was responsible for the payment of electricity bill of the PM House. In June 2010, PWD had paid the electricity bill worth Rs 1.15m. And, during the current fiscal year, the payment would be ensured after the official process. The process of bill payment passes through official recommendations before payment, the Lesco stated. This scribe tried to contact Deputy Manager Operations Defence Mohsan Raza by telephone to get his reaction but he was not available for the purpose.