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Caretaker PM Directs To Control Over Electricity Losses

Islamabad (June  05, 2018): Caretaker Prime Minister Justice retired Nasir-ul-Mulk has directed Ministry of Power to take steps for curtailment of power sector losses so as to improve overall system efficiency and sustainability of the power sector.

He gave direction during a briefing on the power sector in Islamabad today. The briefing was attended by Secretary Power division, MD PEPCO, MD NTDC and other senior officials.

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Secretary Power division briefed the Prime Minister about overall outlook of the power sector including generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the country.The Prime Minister was also briefed about the current as well as anticipated power demand and supply situation.

The Prime Minister was informed that as compared to 18753MW in 2013, the currently available generation capacity stands at 28704MW. It was informed that due to weather conditions and the resultantly reduced water supply, the hydel generation last month remained at 3090 MW as compared to 6333 MW in 2015.It was informed that every effort is being made to ensure strict implementation of the load management plan which was approved by the Cabinet for the month of Ramzan.

The Prime Minister expressed concern over the huge losses in various DISCOs and directed Power Ministry to immediately start taking steps for the curtailment of these losses.He said that every effort would be made by the federal government to get the required administrative support from the provincial government towards addressing enforcement issues in the power sector.

The Prime Minister further observed that a comprehensive plan should be prepared which would help the next elected government in further improving efficiency and sustainability of the sector.NS Holds Caretaker Govt Responsible for Power OutagesEarlier today, Former Prime Minister and Supreme of PML-N Nawaz Sharif had claimed that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government added additional 10,000 Megawatts (MW) in the system, the caretaker government is responsible for load-shedding.

Talking to the newsmen outside the Accountability Court he said there was no load-shedding when Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was in power.

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He shared that if PML-N comes into power again then a national commission will be formed for accountability.About the Chairman NAB, former Premier said that he has not received a reply of the chairman NAB in the notice sent to him.

Talking about the Dams, Nawaz Sharif said that PML-N government started construction work of Bhaha dam, dams are very much essential for the country as water scarcity is increasing day by day.Nawaz Sharif while denying answering the question regarding DG ISPR’s Press Conference, said, If we put our house in order, then everything will be in order.When asked about the controversy surrounding former BBC journalist, Reham Khan, he said that when his political opponents didn’t find anything they levelled more false accusations.

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