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Nawaz vows to end energy crisis at all cost

Published Jun 06, 2013 11:04pm
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairs Energy Conference in Lahore. Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar, Chaudhry Nisar and others are also seen in the picture. – Online Photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairs Energy Conference in Lahore. Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar, Chaudhry Nisar and others are also seen in the picture. – Online Photo

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday vowed to take effective measures to utilise available resources to rid the country of crippling energy crisis, badly affecting economy and social life.

He was presiding over a meeting on energy situation here at State Guest House where he was given a detailed briefing on the energy situation in the country. A plan regarding reduction in loadshedding duration on monthly basis was also presented to the prime minister.

“I have to put in place such initiatives that keep industrial wheel and the fan of everyone's home on the move,” said Sharif.

The energy sector is one of the major priorities of the PML-N government which would take all stakeholders on board to overcome the shortage, he maintained.

The government has planned to retire gradually the power sector's huge circular debt to streamline the electricity generation chain that would bring the loadshedding under control.

Nawaz Sharif directed the authorities concerned to determine the viability of all the electricity projects besides, estimating and evaluating the financial requirements for their implementation.

The prime minister also stressed the need for expediting work on the projects to ensure electricity generation at a low cost.

He called for getting rid of incompetent officials as well as useless machines to put the country on road to speedy development for bringing Pakistan at par with the developed nations.

The PML-N chief also directed for taking stringent measures for stopping electricity pilferage.

The newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar, MNAs Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MPA Rana Muhammad Afzal, former caretaker federal minister Dr Musadiq Malik, Shaukat Tareen, Salman Shahbaz Sharif, Mian Muhammad Mansha and different energy experts also attended the meeting.


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A Sheikh
Jun 06, 2013 11:59pm

I sincerely pray for your success in this envdeavor. The most important thing is to audit every household and business's energy bills for the past 5 years. Those stealing power should be asked to pay or go to jail. The audit is extremely simple and any honest meter reader can do it. This will collect billions of rupees.

Haroon
Jun 07, 2013 04:50am

I think that the setting is not luxurious enough for meeting and there are plenty of lights and air conditioning. I cant believe that our leaders never get it. Please dont spend the Government funds for your own ultimate relaxation. If it is coming out of Mr. Sharif's own pocket no problem..

Ashok R. Prabhu
Jun 07, 2013 08:24am

While combating the problem of Power Shortages, Pakistan Govt. will do well in encouraging small and Medium Scale Industries in investing in Solar and wind Power Projects for individual industries and subsidizing these by abolishing Sales Tax and VAT on purchases of equipment required on those purchases.

Pervez
Jun 07, 2013 08:55am

Nothing will happen. Pakistani are a nation of talkers not doers. We love to blame and show that we suffer to strive. NS had two previous terms and did nothing. He will do nothing again. Pakistan do not hold your breath for any politician to do anything as a politician is nothing bu a trained liar.

M K Sufi
Jun 08, 2013 11:21pm

The only workable option is to outsource distribution and bill collection. The companies leasing out cars and credit card defaulters have a high recovery. I understand that Argentina had similar problem and they out sourced their distribution and bill collection. I dont think there is anyother way.

M K Sufi
Jun 08, 2013 11:23pm

@Ashok R. Prabhu: A nice and a workable option.