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Ministry of Power being restructured to tackle technical issues

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Power Awais Leghari has said the Ministry of Power is being restructured with the addition of a professional wing to tackle technical issues of the power sector.

He was addressing the three-day Sustainable Development Conference of Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The Minister said a National Electricity Policy is also being formulated and it would be finalized after approval by the Council of Common Interests.

He said an amendment in relevant law would be presented in the next session of the Parliament to encourage and allow competition in distribution and transmission sectors for the benefit of power consumers.

The Minister said we are moving towards the goal where consumers will have options for distribution services.

He said there is need to reform the distribution companies in order to decrease the circular debt.

He said a National Electricity Plan is also being devised to work out the demand for power on daily basis and address the challenge.

Awais Leghari stressed the need for transparency in power supply of various DISCOs and cares the public.

He said government is working on eliminating the cost-plus regime from the country.

Meanwhile, Minister for Power Division Sardar has written letter to provincial Chief Ministers seeking their cooperation and support in bill recoveries and against power theft in order to ensure zero load-shedding in more parts of the country.

He proposed establishment of joint task force by the Federal and Provincial governments for development of uniform measures, information sharing and improved coordination.

The Minister wrote that support by the Provincial Governments for revenue collection and provision of security and policing will go a long way in improving the standards of living of people.

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