The federal government is all inclined to launch a comprehensive drive against power theft in the country in order to maximize the recovery of the power sector for overcoming continuing issues of circular debt.
The ever-increasing inter-agencies payments and dues have blocked the power sector and successive government have been rolling from pillar to the post for improving the recovery of the sector.
Omar Ayub Khan—the federal minister for power on Thursday led a meeting at the Power Division over the matter of power sector recoveries. He informed the meeting that the government has formed a detailed drive against power theft for overcoming the inefficiency of the system and to maximize the recovery.
The meeting participants were Irfan Ali—Secretary-Power Division, CEOs of all DISCOs, Special Secretary—Hassan Nasir Jamy, Managing Director Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and other senior officers of Power Division.
Expressing on the intensity of the situation, the minister said that power theft has gained an alarming proportion and the incompetence of the earlier governments to fix the issue have led to huge piles of circular debt.
In order to control power theft, the ministry would be forming a task force for every province. The task forces would be constituted in consultation with the provincial governments which would be providing political assistance and administrative aid to the power distribution firms in their drive to erase power theft and to recover power dues from the defaulting consumers.
FIRs would be registered against the ones who would be found involved in power theft and action would also be taken against the power firm officials found assisting the crooks.
The PEPCO team was instructed to provide a report on average unit losses on every feeder and to verify the complaints of overbilling via spot checking.
He also instructed the CEOs of all DISCOs to make their complaint centres more efficient and result oriented.
The Minister stressed that it was the aim of the current government to control corruption within the system and that he anticipates practical proof of the efforts of all CEOs in order to combat theft and corruption.