150 schools, colleges still without power supply

NAUNDERO: The power supply to over 150 schools by Naundero SEPCO sub-division could still not be restored due to dereliction of Sindh government resulting in loss of precious academic session of the students.

Revenue Officer, Abdul Shakoor Mandokhel, told PPI that only 44 connections of the schools of Naundero sub-division are registered with him and Rs186.258 million were outstanding against them since last many years. In this way each school is defaulting for Rs42,33,136/36 which the school annual budget cannot pay at all.

SDO Naundero SEPCO Sub-Division Rahim Bhutto told PPI that there are nearly 150 primary, high & higher secondary schools and colleges in his sub-division and about 95 of them have proper meters but nobody has so far cleared the electricity bill due to which they have been directed by SEPCO Chief, Sukkur, in a recent meeting, to disconnect all the connections of defaulters or action would be taken against them. Whereas the Principals of the respective schools claimed that the monthly bills sent to them were much higher than the sanctioned electricity load which showed that bills were not being issued on proper meter readings which had escalated the problems, causing hardships to them and their students.

Many of the schools visited by this Scribe in the morning showed that the attendance was negligible due to power outage. The people of Benazir Bhutto’s home town have demanded immediate restoration of power supply to all the schools and payment of arrears to the SEPCO so that schools and college students do not suffer.

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