Government declares end of free electricity for senior executives of Discos

Minute Mirror - Subscribe
Minute Mirror - Subscribe

Rashid Langrial, the secretary of the power division, declared on Sunday that the power distribution companies’ (Discos’) officers in grades 17 and higher would no longer be eligible for free electricity.

While briefing journalists in Islamabad on a variety of matters relating to the power sector, Secretary Langrial stated that the summary related to the judgement would be prepared soon.

All government executives and employees from grades 16 through 22 no longer receive free electricity, as recommended by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in July.

In addition, today (Sunday), the subject of growing electricity costs will be discussed during an emergency meeting that Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar will call at the Prime Minister’s House.

Nationwide demonstrations were sparked by the elevated electricity prices, with Karachi, Rawalpindi, Multan, Gujranwala, and Peshawar participating. Demonstrators demanded relief for the masses by burning their electricity bills, blocking causeways, and encircling power distributors’ offices.

Secretary Langrial mentioned the problems with the electrical system during the news conference and said they needed to be solved.

He also brought up the issue of electricity theft and the existing circular debt of Rs. 2,300 billion.

During the news conference, representatives from the power industry also discussed electricity theft, which is thought to cost the nation $250 billion.