ISLAMABAD: While chairing a meeting on the power sector of the country, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has urged the Ministries of Petroleum, Finance, and Water and Power to coordinate and work collectively and ensure that the gap between the demand and supply of power is minimised.
The prime minister said that he had great hopes from the Secretaries’ Committee, which was formed by the government to give recommendations to improve the power situation in the country. The Secretaries’ Committee comprises of the federal secretary finance, federal secretary petroleum and the federal secretary water and power.
The prime minister said that the Secretaries’ Committee should ensure uninterrupted supply of fuel for optimal generation from power plants, and also come up with doable suggestions to improve the entire energy chain from generation to distribution.
The premier also directed the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority to work out an upfront tariff for investors interested in alternate energy projects like wind and solar energy. This, he said, would help investors in making decisions without being subject to complicated and complex procedures for seeking a tariff in each case.
The prime minister further said that there should be zero tolerance for those who do not pay their electricity bills. He directed the Ministry of Water and Power to redouble its efforts in recovering all outstanding dues, so that the financial health of the sector can be improved.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2012.