Govt announces ‘crackdown’ against electricity thieves, those who don’t pay bills – Pakistan


The authorities introduced plans on Wednesday to launch a crackdown on electricity theft, which federal ministers mentioned result in mixed losses of lots of of billions of rupees and better bills for the frequent citizen.

Power Minister Muhammad Ali and Information Minister Murtaza Solangi made the announcement throughout a press convention.

It comes amid a “full force” crackdown deliberate against electricity theft throughout the nation to tame mounting technical and industrial losses being confronted by the facility distribution firms.

The interim authorities, dealing with the ire of agitated plenty over inflated electricity bills in August, has been mulling its choices — though restricted — to placate the individuals who have been out on streets throughout the nation.

“The background is that in our nation, some home customers steal electricity and others don’t pay bills,” the facility minister mentioned within the information convention.

He started by specifying that there are 10 distribution firms, or DISCOS, in Pakistan at current and KE, which offers the utility to Karachi, has its personal distribution community.

“In each space, there are various ranges of theft and there are totally different percentages of restoration,” Ali mentioned, revealing that the annual loss because of electricity theft and failure to pay bills is Rs589 billion.

He mentioned due to the electricity thieves and those who refuse to pay bills, others should pay greater bills. “Until that is stopped, electricity costs is not going to come down,” the minister added.

He introduced that the prime minister has issued directives to “crack down on this — finish electricity theft and [ensure] restoration from those who don’t pay bills”.

A Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) spokesman confirmed the event, stating the plan to “eradicate energy theft with full pressure” was finalised in a gathering chaired by Federal Power Division Secretary Rashid Mahmood Langrial yesterday.

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