Good paymasters to be relieved of loadshedding: Abid Sher Ali

HYDERABAD: Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali has said that the government has prioritized to clear circular debt and provide electricity to public at nominal rate.

He was addressing a press conference here on Wednesday after chairing the meeting with officials of HESCO to review the situation of ongoing campaign against theft and lines losses in the HESCO.

“The government is giving subsidy of Rs.242 billion on power and besides, and bearing losses of more than Rs.300 billion due to theft which is causing huge losses to national exchequer”, he said adding there is a need of reducing the losses.

The state minister said that the government could not afford more losses because the government could not produce electricity at nominal rate for this reason.

“So, we have to divide the customers into two categories of good pay master and bad pay master”, he said adding whoever pays bill, he would be facilitated.

He said that new load-shedding schedule had been approved on the basis of recovery.

“The area where there is more than 98 per cent recovery, there would be zero load-shedding and the area where there is the recovery of 20 per cent or less than it, the people living there have to face 20 hours load-shedding”, he said.

“It is our compulsion to take serious action against theft but Sindh Police is not cooperating with the department to register cases against defaulters, he said.

Expressing concerns over the non-cooperation by Sindh Police, he said that the department tried to get 748 cases registered, but the Sindh Police had registered 20 cases only.

The state minister said that the complaints in writing would be sent to Chief Minster Sindh in this regards.

Besides, there are many departments of Sindh Government which did not pay their bills and outstanding dues agaisnt them run in billions of rupees, he said.

About Rs.7.9 billions dues are pending against Hyderabad Development Authority (HDA) but it is getting electricity because as it has got stay order from the court.

There are other departments of Sindh government including Taluka Municipals in different cities including Dadu, Jamshoro, Larkarna, Sehwan, Latifabad and Hyderabad which did not pay their bills amounting to billions of rupees, he said.

The connections of all defaulters would be disconnected, if they could not pay their bills by April 28, he said.

Highlighting the achievements during campaign against the defaulters, he said that the campaign had helped them to receive about Rs.1.60 billion.

Besides this, more than 3000 connections were regulated on meter from Kunda system where the electricity was being pilfered illegally, he said.

Source: APP