WAPDA chairman suspends Sahiwal SDO, meter reader
By Asghar Chaudhry
SAHIWAL: The WAPDA chairman ordered the suspension of a sub-divisional officer (SDO) and Mepco meter reader at an open court here in the Jinnah Hall on Saturday evening.
Lt General (r) Zulfiqar Ali Khan ordered a high level inquiry against SDO Ashfaq Ahmad and meter reader Abdul Salam. He also ordered the cancellation of a fine imposed by Mepco on 200 consumers of Chak 86/6R.
An inquiry was also ordered into alleged bribery accepted by Muhammad Mansha, a meter inspector, and draftsman Shaukat Mumtaz of WAPDA/Mepco Pakpattan. On the appeal of an elderly man, the chairman ordered the transfer of his son, Liaqat Ali, from Bahawalnagar to Sahiwal.
Mr Khan also sanctioned the release of Rs 90,000 for the establishment of a new complaint centre.
Speaking at Jinnah Hall later on, the WAPDA chairman said half the population of the 1,784 villages electrified by WAPDA still do not receive power due to a lack of funds, but added that Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali has assured him of Rs 1 billion for this purpose.
The work for provision of electricity to the villages will begin in the next financial year.
About the welfare of employees, Mr Khan said upon the accidental death of an employee, the deceased’s widow, son or brother is given employment in WAPDA. In case of the natural death of an employee, his children are given employment on merit basis
Farewell: The Sahiwal District Bar Association arranged a farewell party for session judges Mian Mushtaq Ahmad and Mirza Jawad Baig, who have been transferred out of Sahiwal.
Federal Petroleum Minister Nauraiz Shakoor also joined the ceremony. DBA President Malik Fazal Karim and General Secretary Faisal Noman gave speeches, in which they praised the departing justices as honest.