MULTAN: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said on Tuesday that 6000 jobs would be provided in power sector and the process of recruitment would begun very soon.
Addressing an Open Court to redress the grievances of consumers here at Mepco headquarters, he said the incumbent government believed in resolving problems of people at their doorstep. He said that Open Courts were vital in improving performance of officials.
He said that he had held such Open Courts in Hyderabad, Lahore, and Gujranwala and suspended 45 officials on charges of irregularities and negligence from duties.
Abid Sher Ali informed that smart meters have been installed at 500 transformers to detect electricity pilferage.
He added that installation of smart meters at other transformers was in progress in a brisk pace. He stated that smart meters would detect electricity theft at every electricity connection.
The state minister informed that newly introduced 125 feeders would start working soon in Mepco region and hoped that it would surely help resolving issues of voltage and fluctuation.
Abid Sher Ali informed the government was taking farmers friendly steps including flat rate of Rs 10.35 for tube-wells consumers.
The state minister responded to nearly 150 complaints and issued orders for early redressal of public complaints. Most of the complaints were related to over billing, voltage issues and employees son quota.
Abid Sher Ali directed officials to rectify faulty transformer within 48 hours otherwise strict action would be taken against the officials. He suspended Xen Sardar, meter inspector Ashraf, ALM Iqbal and also ordered inquiries against different officials due to complaints against them.
One consumer complaint informed that he received TV tax on electricity bill, Abid Sher Ali instructed him to submit affidavit for waiving of TV fees from the bill.
On this occasion, Abid Sher Ali also inaugurated Advance Metering Infrastructure office.
Abid Sher Ali also strongly condemned incident of terrorism in Peshawar and offered dua for the martyrs.