The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) started a new strategy on Wednesday to initiate legal proceedings through issuance of notices to all electricity bills defaulters.
Chairman NAB Admiral (R) Fasih Bokhari, in a detailed meeting on Wednesday with the Water and Power Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, decided to take action against electricity bills defaulters.
“In this regard, terms of reference have been decided between NAB and Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP),” said a spokesman of the bureau.
It was decided that the ministry would refer all cases to the NAB and the bureau would take action under National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.
“The ministry will provide a list of electricity bills defaulters by Monday evening, March 11,” the spokesman said.
“In case of non-deposit of the defaulted amount, the defaulters would be prosecuted in accordance with the law. As per initial information provided by the Ministry of Water and Power, action would be taken against 230,000 electricity bills defaulters for the recovery of Rs 110 billion,” he added.
He said that the operation against defaulters would start simultaneously by all regional bureaus of the NAB and defaulters would be bound to pay defaulted money within 30 days.
The spokesman added that if defaulters failed to deposit the amount within 15 days time, their names would be published in the media and action would be taken against them under NAO 1999.