Only two-hour power supply to areas with over 80pc losses proposed

ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary panel headed by a senator from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has proposed only two-hour a day electricity supply to areas with more than 80 per cent losses and its payment out of Zakat Fund or Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).

This is part of a series of recommendations to minimise the menace of circular debt put forward by a sub- committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Power headed by Nauman Wazir. The sub-committee was tasked with specific recommendations to be presented to the incoming PTI government for implementation to end the circular debt.

The panel has also suggested a bargain to religious scholars and prayer leaders to condemn electricity theft in Friday sermons as ‘Haram’ and get 400 units of electricity (worth about Rs6,000) free.

Published in Dawn, 13th August, 2018