The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Water and Power was informed Monday that the government of Sindh has to pay Rs 70 billion to the federal government in terms of outstanding dues of electricity. The federal government had offered 40-60 ratios for payment of the outstanding amount by the Sindh government but that has not happened yet either.
The Ministry of Water and Power secretary admitted that the theft of electricity could not have happened without the involvement of WAPDA employees and that the matter cannot be resolved without the cooperation of provincial governments. The committee recommended the Ministry to take provincial governments onboard to resolve the matter and also take strict action against the culprits.
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif took notice of the forced load shedding of electricity in some DISCOs and directed the management to report to the committee regarding the matter and also ensure that strict action is taken against those responsible. The committee also directed the Ministry to eliminate the factor of overbilling in order to facilitate individual consumers.
Earlier, Khawaja Muhammad Asif briefly apprised the committee about various power projects (hydel, solar, wind, coal etc) which were initiated by the current government to overcome the shortfall of electricity.
Chaired by Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, the meeting was attended by MNAs Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Junaid Akbar, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Dr Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub attended the meeting, besides officials of the ministry.