Islamabad: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has ordered Islamabad Electricity Supply Company (IESCO) to disconnect supply of those government institutions who failed to clear their dues so far While talking to media persons he disclosed that Sindh government had dues of Rs56 billion while the provincial governments of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also had to clear their outstanding dues.
The list of defaulters includes the Presidency, Parliament Lodges, PM Secretariat, Parliament House, Cantonment Board, government offices of NADRA and CDA. Orders have also been issued to disconnect electricity supply to Frontier Works Organisation, Punjab Jail, Sindh and Balochistan House and Motorway Police.
The state minister added that he had been given directives by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to collect dues and stop electricity theft within one month. According to Abid Sher Ali protests against load shedding were taking place in areas where electricity theft was common. The minister also announced to issue the load shedding schedule soon.
Talking to the media in Islamabad after visiting IESCO headquarters, he said the prime minister has given the Ministry of Water and power the time of one month to recover the receivables and check the power pilferage. Abid Sher Ali said that electricity will only be given to the consumers paying their bills.
He said orders of disconnection have been issued to several defaulters including NADRA, CDA, Parliament Lodges and President Secretariat. The Minister of State said an effective policy is being evolved to reduce duration of loadshedding.
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