“Those meant to stop power theft in the province are colluding with the thieves,” Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday.
The chief minister was speaking at the newly-setup camp office in Sargodha city, third such camp office to be set up after one each in Lahore and Rawalpindi. He said the PML-N was broadening the circle of its protest campaign against excessive loadshedding.
He said industries were also involved in theft of electricity, adding that action would be taken in this regard. He said that the Centre had adopted a discriminatory attitude towards Punjab with respect to loadshedding.
He said the Punjab province had paid its Rs4.5 billion dues to the Centre, while the remaining provinces had yet to pay Rs100 billion.
Also on Tuesday, the CM inaugurated several development projects in Sahiwal tehsil. He said construction of a bridge on River Jhelum will help remove the area develop and eradicate impoverishment. The projects that were inaugurated on Tuesday included a mini sports stadium, a trauma centre, a special education school and construction of Shahpur Road.
He appointed a disabled worker, Qazi Tanveer, in grade 4 job and ordered Rs50,000 financial assistance for him.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2012.