PM seriously concerned over power theft, Rs. 1.18 billion circular debt

Dunya News

PM said that addressing issues related to the power sector was among governments top priorities.

ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday expressed his serious concern over the prevailing situation vis-a-vis power theft and swelling circular debt, which he was told had touched Rs 1.18 trillion.

He observed that bad governance, corruption and flawed policies of past had resulted into a situation which was neither viable nor sustainable. The prime minister expressed these views while chairing a briefing here at the PM Office on issues relating to the power sector.

Secretary Power Division Rizwan Memon briefed the prime minister about the line losses and the circular debt which had touched Rs. 1.18 trillion. The secretary also highlighted various issues relating to generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.

The prime minister said that addressing issues related to the power sector was among the foremost priorities of the government.

He said that a task force was being constituted to work out a comprehensive strategy for addressing sectoral issues with special focus on improved governance, system augmentation, tariff rationalization and plugging various loopholes in power generation, transmission and the distribution system.

The prime minister also stated that he would spearhead a comprehensive public awareness campaign to sensitize public and to garner their support for checking electricity theft and ensuring better management of the power sector.