NA body holds government responsible for energy crisis

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ISLAMABAD - National Assembly’s special standing committee on energy crisis while expressing grave concerns over the unnecessary recruitment of thousands of favourites in power distributing companies (Discos) has now held PPP government responsible for energy crisis, which badly devastated the country’s economy

Apparently found disheartened, the NA body also said that by recruiting thousands of needless persons in the Discos, the government has put extra burden on power sector. While accepting its inability towards reducing power losses, the body also deplored that the government remained failed to complete its mandate during its constitutional tenure.

The meeting of National Assembly’s legislative body was held here in the Parliament House with Engineer Usman Tarkai in the chair where member of PML-N Shahid Khaqan Abbasi presented a report of sub-committee that was constituted under his convenership.  

In its report sub-committee emphasised that an integrated energy plan for Pakistan needs to be urgently developed for optimum utilisation of domestic and imported energy resources, to encourage investment in the energy sector and to establish short, medium and long term goals for power generation in the country.

It said that subsidies should be used to support development of hydel and alternative energy resources improve the power generation fuel mix and encourage conservation.

Abdul Qadir Khanzada said that in past the government has spent billion of rupees in power sector but no body asked for outcome.

He said that use of alternate energy resources has not seriously considered and so far we have not decided that we will use coal reserve through under ground gasification or will take it out and utilise it.

Ayatullah Durrani said that for their vested interests senior officers of the ministry created so many departments that resulted into unnecessary delay rather expedition in work.

He proposed to initiate one window operation in the ministry to address energy shortage adding that, in case of failure to take bold steps energy shortfall current short fall will resist in 2020 in more critical shape.

During the meeting Abdul Kadir Khanzada emphasised for research in the power sector to devise strategy to deal with energy requirements of the country in future and to tackle the energy crisis.

Officials from Nepra said that government should decide to which sector subsidy should be given and which should be ignored. They asked for determination of cost benefit ratio on immediate basis and possible option should be considered.

Nepra officials informed the legislative body that government has paid billion of rupees subsidy against inefficiencies of the power sector.

They asked Special Committee to recommend that power distribution companies should be independent board so that they should take their decisions independently.

Additional Secretary Water and Power Zargham Ishaq Khan told the committee that final report of worse power break up in the country would be submitted to the Prime Minister on Friday (March 15) adding that frequent outage was the basic reason behind it.

In his remarks Chairman of the Committee Engineer Usman Tarakai said that present government inherited issues like financial crisis that directly impacted all sectors however we remained failed to address all issues. He said that government has recruited thousands of people in Discos and technical side remained ignored therefore generation has not improved and we are facing hours long loadshedding.

Courtesy:  The Nation

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