LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Federal Minister for Power Omer Ayub Khan had a meeting at the CM Secretariat on Tuesday to chalk out a joint strategy to stop power theft in the province. 

The meeting took a detailed review of future strategy of the Punjab province with regard to prime minister’s campaign for stopping the electricity theft.

It decided to constitute chief minister’s taskforce for stopping electricity theft in Punjab. The secretary level officers will head the provincial taskforce while special committees will also be constituted at divisional and district levels.

Commissioners and deputy commissioners will lead the divisional and district level committees respectively and divisional and district police officers will also be included in special committees. The chief minister’s taskforce will have full cooperation and support of the federal government and other concerned federal agencies.

The meeting decided that action will be initiated in the first phase against industrial, commercial and big domestic users.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that indiscriminate action will be initiated for stopping the electricity theft and big fish will be apprehended first during this campaign. He said that action will be initiated against the government staff providing discreet support in the theft of the electricity and no political association or pressure will be taken care of. He said that launch of campaign for stopping the electricity theft by the Prime Minister Imran Khan is a welcome step and Punjab government will fully take part in this national campaign.

Federal minister Umer Ayub Khan, in his address, said that losses to the tune of Rs. 300 billion were being occurred due to electricity theft or other technical instances every year. We are moving towards using latest technology to overcome the menace of electricity theft, he added and further said that everybody will have to jointly work to make this campaign a success.

Punjab chief secretary, federal secretary power, additional IG, ACS (energy), CEO LESCO and secretaries of the concerned departments attended the meeting.

MIR ZIAULLAH CALLS ON USMAN

Minister for Forests of Balochistan Mir Ziaullah called on Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at the latter’s office. During the meeting, various matters of mutual interest including promotion of inter-provincial harmony came under discussion.

The CM said: “We all have to move along in the journey of national development and prosperity and added that passions of brotherhood, harmony and cohesion will be promoted among the provinces. We all have to make a new Pakistan together. Balochistan is very near to my heart and every possible effort will be made for its development.”