Provincial govts blamed for failing to help curb power theft

ISLAMABAD: With its term nearing end, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government has blamed the four chief ministers of the provinces for not helping eradicate electricity theft.

On Tuesday, the Centre asked the four chief ministers to extend their personal support to address the menace of electricity theft in their provinces that had caused over Rs50 billion losses to the distribution companies in the first nine months of the current financial year.

In identical letters to the chief ministers, Federal Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmed Leghari complained that the provinces had not been responsive to his efforts to minimise electricity theft and none of the four chief ministers had agreed to meet him over the past few months to resolve the long-standing issue.

Published in Dawn, 9th May, 2018