Officers involved in power theft deserve no mercy: PM

Orders officials to submit report about solarization of tubewells in Balochistan.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday told a meeting that officers involved in power pilferage or facilitating electricity theft deserved no mercy and should be punished under the law.

He issued orders to initiate immediate disciplinary action against all such officers without any discrimination.

The review meeting was held under the chair of the  prime minister on the prevention of electricity theft.

Shehbaz Sharif said those who caused loss of billions of dollars to the country in the shape of power pilferage will not be spared and action would be taken against them.

He said the country cannot such activities when it was facing a severe economic crisis and we need to keep taps on wastages and theft of resources.

“It is our responsibility to create a stable system through measures like the campaign to check power theft,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister Office quoted him as saying.

He directed to devise a strategy for reducing line losses and up-gradation of transmission lines. He said an amount of Rs57 billion had been recovered since September last year under the anti-power theft campaign.

In order o overcome power shortages, it was also the priority to increase the use of solar energy. He on the occasion directed the officials concerned to submit a report on solarization of tubewells in Balochistan.

The meeting decided to start work on installing smart meters on transformers under the Public Sector Development Program. The duration of loadshedding was less in low electricity theft areas, the meeting was told.

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