ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Minister for Power Omar Ayub said on Tuesday that no load-shedding will be observed during the Sehri and Aftar times.
After federal cabinet meeting, Omar Ayub said the issue of power theft has been contained to a large extent. He said there is no load-shedding on 80% of 8783 total feeders in Pakistan.
“We also wanted to provide electricity during Sehr and Iftar to 60 feeders that were under the load management, but it could not be done due to line losses and stealing,” he said.
Omar Ayub said a sum of 61 billion rupees was recovered from electricity thieves in the last five months due to vigorous campaign launched.
During the drive, 4225 arrests were made and 27,000 FIRs lodged against the defaulters.
Omar Ayub Khan said the previous government left a burden of 450 billion rupees in circular debt.
He said this burden will be reduced and hopefully in next two years, the circular debt will be cleared.
He said electric metering will be ensured in next four years in order to overcome line losses.
Federal cabinet ratifies decision of hike in petroleum prices
The federal cabinet meeting
under the chair by Prime Minister Imran Khan ratified the decision related to hike in prices of petroleum products.
Briefing the journalists regarding decisions taken in federal cabinet meeting today, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the prime minister hailed the minister for power to decrease the line losses and stopping power theft.
Next budget to meet public aspirations
The minister said that the next budget will meet the public aspirations and all allied parties will be taken into confidence before the next budget session of the parliament. She also informed that the circular debt
would be removed till the ending of upcoming year.
Ensure power supply during Sehr, Iftar
She also said that the Cabinet reviewed the issue of energy in depth and the power division was directed to ensure power supply during Sehr and Iftar during Ramazan. She said the cabinet ratified the ECC decisions of the previous meeting.