Senate body proposes DISCO officers’ removal

ISLAMABAD: Seriously perturbed over low recovery of power dues by the power distributing companies (DISCOs), Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power on Thursday recommended to get rid from executive engineers and officials of DISCOs, which ware paying low heed to the urgency of the matter.
Senate Committee meeting under Senator Nisar Muhammad in chair with members of Senate Committee, official of water and power ministry, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) and Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) was informed currently 2 to 4 hours long power cuts were being made in the parliament lodges.
However, if chairman of the Committee orders then duration of power outages would be increased.
Official of NEPRA told the Senate Standing Committee power tariff was Rs14 per unit while Rs 11 per unit was being charged from all the consumers as Rs 3 per unit subsidy was given to all power consumers. Around Rs 244 billion worth subsidy was given in 2013. They said Rs 1,045 billion worth power was sold during last year. But, there are grave losses registered in the jurisdiction of Multan Electric Power Company not to mention the profound losses of other two DISCOs of the country. These two power supply firms are not paying dues worth Rs 170 billion without mentioning the name of these two DISCOs.
Official WAPDA informed Peshawar Electric Supply Company has to pay Rs 146 billion to WAPDA. During last month, Rs 100 million was recovered from them. They said there were 20 villages in Sukkur which were enjoying electricity without paying a single penny and anyone takes action against them would face removal.
Managing Director of Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) told the meeting there was 100 percent recovery in FESCO, not to mention the low losses. However, if the duration of power loadshedding exceeds from six hours then masses creates hue and cry and raised the storm.
State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said putting an end to growing power loadshedding was not possible at present. The entire power system has become outdated so was unable to distribute total power generation.
That’s why the need is to make the entire system able to distribute the whole produced power to the end power consumers. At present, circular debt stands at Rs 260 billion.
Officials of MEPCO briefed the meeting around 60 percent power feeders of MEPCO were facing overload. They said MEPCO could not recover from the consumers Rs 10 billion dues which were pending from 22 months. And, due to low recovery, system could not be improved.  They said the power feeders were overloaded due to the presence of 385 feeders in the jurisdiction of MEPCO.
Upon this, Chairman of the Committee got annoyed and said organisations are being destroyed due to connivance of all. If there is no recovery in MEPCO then why engineers and officials were seated on the responsible slots and those who were engaged in work should be entertained while those who were unable to continue work should be removed from their slots, Nisar Muhammad said.

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