ISLAMABAD: The subcommittee of the Senate Standing Committee has formulated18 recommendations to check line losses and theft.

It has asked the power ministry, distribution companies and National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) to work on these recommendations and report to the committee.

The subcommittee which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak emphasized that boards of all the power distribution companies should be made independent to take decision regarding carrying out 22-hour load-shedding in areas where power theft is very high.

Only one hour of power supply in the morning and evening should be given free of charge to such areas, the committee recommended.

The Convener of the subcommittee said power theft and line losses had been inflicting Rs40 billion losses to Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) over the last few months.

Officials of the ministry of power said several power issues could be solved by bringing about reforms in Nepra’s working.

Through a video conference, the subcommittee was informed that a public sector company of China has shown interest in investing $1 billion in Pesco on the basis of fifty per cent profit.

The subcommittee directed to share the proposal with Nepra and Discos.

Published in Dawn, July 12th, 2018

Opinion

Press and power
25 Sep 2021

Press and power

None used the press so brazenly as the Modi government.
Once upon a Taliban
Updated 25 Sep 2021

Once upon a Taliban

Something, somewhere is terribly wrong with how this story is unfolding.
Foundation of healthcare
24 Sep 2021

Foundation of healthcare

Primary healthcare is as much for healthy individuals as it for those suffering from ill health.

Editorial

25 Sep 2021

NAB controversy

THE completion of the four-year term of NAB chairman Javed Iqbal early next month has afforded Prime Minister Imran...
Cabinet ‘inclusivity’
Updated 25 Sep 2021

Cabinet ‘inclusivity’

Voices are being raised questioning when the much-hyped inclusivity the group had talked about will materialise.
25 Sep 2021

Quorum malady

LACK of quorum has become a chronic problem for the present National Assembly which is in the process of becoming a...
24 Sep 2021

Costs of growth

IS Pakistan’s growth party over? Not yet. But both the State Bank and government are now cutting down on the items...
Smear campaign
Updated 24 Sep 2021

Smear campaign

It is commendable that the government has taken the matter as seriously as it has, and delved deep into cyber investigations.
24 Sep 2021

Rising dengue cases

THE dengue monster is once again rearing its head in different cities of Punjab. More than 820 cases have surfaced ...