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Interim PM bans air-conditioning in govt offices

May 08, 2013

Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Mir Hazar Khoso.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker government has decided to impose a ban on the use of air-conditioners in all government departments and offices in a move to conserve power in the energy-starved country.

According to a press release from the Prime Minister House on Wednesday, the ban would come into effect from May 15, 2013 and shall continue until such time that there is substantial improvement in the energy situation in Pakistan.

“The Prime Minister House had already discontinued use of air conditioners as part of its austerity and conservation drive,” said the press release.

The measure reflects the resolve of the government to manage the power crisis by management of demand.

Moreover, caretaker Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has also directed the introduction of a “summer dress code” for federal government employees.

The special dress code will facilitate government employees in their work places after the ban on air conditioners, said the press release.

“The dress code includes white or light coloured (beige, light gray, sky blue, off-white, cream) shirt/bush shirt (full-sleeved or half sleeved) with light coloured (as prescribed for shirt) trouser or shalwar kameez with waist coat, and moccasins (shoes without laces) or sandals (shoes with straps) without socks. All public servants have been given seven days for preparations and have been directed to observe the dress code.”

The Prime Minister has also appealed to the people to adopt energy conservation in their homes and workplace to minimise load-shedding and encourage a culture of conservation in the country.