RATODERO: The Sindh Government has allocated Rs:21.786 million for installation of separate electricity meters in all the Government colonies throughout the province. This was revealed in a letter addressed to the Chief Executive Officers of HESCO and SEPCO which was sent by the Electricity Monitoring & Reconciliation Cell of the Energy Department of Government of Sindh.
The letter said that during a meeting held on 13-11-2013 under the chairmanship of the Secretary Energy Department with General Manager (C&M), PEPCO, Lahore, the chair reiterated and emphasized this department’s stance for installation of separate meters in government colonies.
The letter further added that as per the decision taken in the meeting, both HESCO & SEPCO are to provide estimates of installation of separate meters to the concerned head of the colony as Sindh Government has allocated Rs21.786 million for the purpose.
The concerned head/incharge will pay the estimated amount in the account of ESCO/SEPCO in consultation with Energy Department of Sindh. The letter further said that it has further been decided that, in order to apply for separate meter, head/incharge of the government colony will prepare a file of every residence located in that colony and submit the same to HESCO/SEPCO.
In yet another letter addressed to all the Additional Chief Secretaries, Senior Board of Revenue Member, all administrative secretaries, commissioners & DCs the Energy Department has asked them that it has been decided the, the concerned DDO of the department having healthy meters and provided with meter reading card will verify the previous and present meter reading and the card will be jointly signed by the DDO and the representative/meter read of the DISCO indicating the status of the meter as well.
They have further been requested to disseminate these instructions to subordinates/field offices for strict compliance directing them to keep the meter reading card handy to be produced during random visit of technical teams of Energy Department.
Sindh Health Department has forwarded these letters to its subordinates in the province for strict compliance and submit a certificate within seven days without fail for onward transmission to Energy Department of Sindh.
PPI has learnt that since last two months the electricity of Teaching Block Colony of Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, has been disconnected, due to non-payment of arrears which run into millions of rupees. It has also been learnt that the residents of government colonies are generally using electricity free of charge and that is the reason that more than two air-conditioners are installed in almost every quarter and bungalow allocated to law-paid employee or gazetted officers due to which many local employees including doctors have given their private residences on rent and are earning millions annually.
Local employees are not entitled for government residents but nobody has taken the pain to investigate the same open violation of government rules. Many outsiders are also occupying the government residences in Larkana hospital colonies and elsewhere which must also be investigated to discourage the trend. If the meters are installed at each of the government residences it will save huge amount of taxpayers’ money.