PM Imran appreciates steps taken to combat power theft


Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed appreciation over steps taken by Minister for Power Division Omar Ayub Khan to combat power theft in the country.

“I want to congratulate the Power Minister & his Ministry. One of the reasons for expensive electricity and load shedding is power theft,” the premier said on Twitter.

Attached in the tweet was a statement by the Power Division over the matter.

“As per the prime minister’s instructions and guidance within one month (October, 2018), line losses were reduced by 1.5 per cent yielding a saving of Rs2 billion, increase in the recovery of outstanding dues by Rs1 billion, approximately 8000 FIRs registered against power thieves in Punjab,” the statement read.

The statement explained that there was “a positive impact of Rs13 billion” due to the aforementioned actions and added that a recovery drive throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) would be initiated from today as well.