Ministry of Water and Power drive against rampant corruption and
inefficiency in DISCOS
Chitral Times Report
Islamabad: On the directions of Secretary Ministry of Water
and Power, stern drive to eliminate the corrupt elements and
against the maladministration in Distribution Companies (DISCOs)
have been initiated. Secretary himself overseeing the campaign
against inefficient and non –productive elements all over the
country who took stern disciplinary actions in the Sukkur , Larkana
and Dadu circle on his recent visit to these areas .
Fraudulent cases and non-conformity with the rules and regulations
have come to the fore during the complaints launched by the
consumers and inspection of the respective areas. Secretary
asserted that no corrupt element will be spared from the
accountability and strict disciplinary measures would be taken
against the field staff who are found involved in any fraudulent
He also stressed that these kind of corrupt elements not only bring
bad name to the DISCOS but also wreak huge damage to the public
exchequer. “We have decided to dispense with the corrupt and
inefficient section among the field staff in order to make the
system of recoveries more efficient and ensure the incessant supply
of electricity to all parts of the country.” He added.
The measures are part of the current campaign initiated on the
directions of Secretary Water and Power. The Ministry officials
visited and inspected the areas came under PESCO and SEPCO under
the auspices of Secretary Water and Power and took stern punitive
actions like suspension, removal from service and serving
explanation letters hinges on the magnitude of irregularities
unraveled during the inspection.
In addition, Secretary Water and Power showed his displeasure over
poor performance of Mobile meter reading, low recovery and high
line losses in SEPCO.
In the meanwhile, Secretary Water and Power Muhammad Younus Dhaga
issued warning to sixteen officials (16) , removed one(1) and an
official is suspended.
In this connection, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Water and
Power and Managing Director (MD) PEPCO (Pakistan Electric Power
Company (Pvt.) Limited , has suspended twenty one officials(21) and
served explanation letters to thirty four (34) officials of PESCO
on disciplinary and efficiency grounds.
It is to be noted that in the current drive , nine cases of dummy
meter reading has been identified in Abbottabad city-1, Abbottabad
Shimla , Havalian, Lora Chowk, Abbottabad City-2, Jinah Abad ,
Nawan Sher, Khaki and Garhi Habibullah which are sub-divisions of
GOVT HAS NO PLANS TO DEMONETIZE 5000 RS. CURRENCY NOTES: DAR.
Chitral Times Report
Islamabad: The Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad
Ishaq Dar has dispelled the rumors about the demonetization of Rs.
5000 currency notes and withdrawal of Rs.40,000 prize bonds.
He said that these rumors are totally baseless and are spread by
the vested interest for ulterior motives. He further said that even
no such proposal is under consideration of the government.