A sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Power put forth a few unique proposals on Friday to curb the theft of electricity, which includes the incentive of offering free electricity to mosques if their prayer leaders issue a fatwa (religious decree) against power theft.

According to the proposal prepared by the sub-committee, mosques which will announce a fatwa against the use of stolen electricity will be given the first 400 units of electricity free each month.

The fatwa will highlight the "repercussions of using stolen electricity in daily life", according to the recommendations in the proposal.

Furthermore, the sub-committee observed in its recommendation that "Rs40 billion loss incurred by Pepco in the last six months due to supply of electricity to 80 per cent theft/loss feeders on the direction of Power division is not acceptable" and in such cases a federal subsidy through zakat or BISP must be provided for these theft bearing feeders.

It was also observed that "load shedding has to be done on an equitable basis as directed by the Chief Justice in a suo motu case".

Therefore, it was recommended that Pepco should "evaluate the provision of two free hours electricity on feeder having theft/loss of more than 80 per cent and the saving incurred by not providing 22 hours of electricity to these very feeders".

Opinion

Poisoning minds
23 Jan 2021

Poisoning minds

ICS cadets were raised on James Mill’s notorious work.
The fog of Broadsheet
23 Jan 2021

The fog of Broadsheet

How can the government pump credibility into an official probe when it has already declared its own political verdict?
Cheating on online exams
23 Jan 2021

Cheating on online exams

The difficulty of preventing online cheating and low ethical standards means that these days most students cheat.
Language mess
Updated 22 Jan 2021

Language mess

Our policy confuses the medium-of-instruction debate with the language-acquisition debate.

Editorial

23 Jan 2021

Power price hike

ALREADY struggling to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and rising food prices, consumers received yet...
Updated 23 Jan 2021

Israeli land grab

WITH the chapter now closed on the Trump presidency, the eyes of many in the international community — ...
23 Jan 2021

New PhD policy

EARLIER in the week, the HEC chairman announced several changes for undergraduate and PhD degrees in the country....
Updated 22 Jan 2021

Time to heal

A multitude of foreign issues will test Biden’s mettle and require progressive thinking.
22 Jan 2021

Foreign funding

AS the pressure builds on his party in the foreign funding case, Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for an ...
22 Jan 2021

Decaying PTV

THE Cabinet Committee on State-Owned Enterprises has decided to remove Pakistan Television from the list of...