NAB issues list of 342 power defaulters

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ISLAMABAD: After the expiry of deadline set for electricity bill defaulters to clear the same, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has so far made a recovery of Rs170 million to Rs180 million out of the total default amount of Rs110 billion. NAB in the first phase had issued the list of 342 defaulters of Islamabad Electricity Supply Corporation and Sukkur Electricity Supply Corporation on the expiry of the deadline.

According to NAB, an amount of Rs21.87 million from 100 electricity defaulters of IESCO and Rs167.65 million from 242 electricity bill defaulters from Sukkur region that comes under the Sukkur Electricity Supply Corporation. Interestingly, no prominent name was included in the list of defaulters that NAB issued on Friday.

The NAB spokesman said the list from other power distribution companies was under process of compilation, and it would be made public as soon as compiled.NAB has already directed the power distribution companies to cut off the electricity of all the defaulters from Sunday.

According to sources, NAB would initiate criminal proceedings against defaulters leading to arrest and prosecution of those who fail to clear their dues by April 19, 2013.NAB had initiated proceedings on March 18, 2013, on the offence of default in payment of government dues (Electricity bills) under the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.

Earlier, a public notice to this effect was floated through newspapers advertisement on March 21, 2013.The defaulters were asked to pay their dues by April 04, 2013, and obtain clearance from NAB after production of challan, along with latest paid bills.

The defaulters were warned that names of those defaulters who fail to comply by April 04, 2013, will be forwarded to print / electronic media.No further extension will be granted for voluntary return of the defaulted amount.

Courtesy: The News

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