Balochistan govt ‘not cooperating’ with ministry, ECC told

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The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has received complaints from the power division regarding the federal cabinet and that the Balochistan government is not cooperating in finalisation of Rs86 billion discount in electricity bills of agricultural tube wells, a local media house reported.

It was further reported that the power division told ECC that outstanding debts against federal and provincial governments and Baloch farmers and the extension of subsidised power rates along with two proposals.

“The proposals required Balochistan government’s input, as it would have to shoulder the responsibility of providing funds worth Rs27.6bn or Rs52bn.”

Moreover, it was said that the complaint was made to ECC as the Balochistan government was not responding to make financial commitments.

Earlier, it was reported that the power division told the finance ministry and Balochistan government that they would be required to pay Rs767.57 million and Rs1.15 billion, respectively, with the 40:60 per cent share on top of Rs10,000 per month to be paid by tube well consumers using 30-HP motors.

Agriculture is one of the main sources of livelihood in Balochistan, the government had promised to bring the farming community at par with other farming communities of Pakistan, as the Centre will pay a portion of their electricity bills in order to run the agriculture tube wells.