ISLAMABAD -  The Public Accounts Committee was informed on Wednesday that annual dispatch losses of electricity were around Rs213 billion.

The PAC meeting, chaired by Syed Khurshid Shah, reviewed the audit objections of annual dispatch losses and theft in different Discos.

Shah expressed displeasure over electricity theft in different parts of the country.

He also criticised concerned ministry for not properly handling the electricity theft and losses in different areas of the country.

The PAC asked the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) to submit a complete report of electricity theft during both the seasons (summer and winter) and technical losses of power distribution companies within a month.

The committee was informed that annual dispatch losses of electricity were around Rs213 billion. Eighty-six per cent domestic consumers have consumed 50 per cent electricity and commercial consumers used 11 per cent of electricity, the PAC was told.

Around 1.3 per cent industrial consumers are utilising 24 per cent electricity in the country, informed the secretary Power Division and Pepco officials while giving briefing about the electricity theft in different Discos.

The Pepco officials said that Pesco was on the top in the country with 32.6 per cent losses.

The Pesco is facing 11.65 per cent electricity theft in the area, they said.

Around 37.9 per cent losses were counted in Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPC) and electricity theft of 18.57 per cent in the area.

While, Hyderabad Electric Power Company (HEPC) losses were counted as 30.6 per cent, and 12.14 per cent electricity theft was recorded in the area.

Likewise, Quetta Electric Power Company (QEPC) losses were counted at one per cent and 1.8 per cent electricity theft was recorded in the area.

The Pepco officials informed the committee that Rs48 billion dispatch losses of electricity were noted in the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco).

Similarly, the losses in Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) were Rs30 billion, and Rs34billion in the Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco), they said.

The PAC chairman commented the masses should not bear the burden of the losses due to technical faults in the electricity distribution system.

“The concerned organisation should not put burden on the masses,” said Shah, mentioning that proper efforts were not made in the last 15 years to control losses and electricity theft.

It may be mentioned here that the lawmakers from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the Punjab and Sindh often blamed each other for electricity theft and dispatch losses.

The meeting was attended by the PAC members including Mushahid Hussain, Sheikh Rashid, Rohail Asghar and others.