Labour-related problems: Govt commits to protect KESC installations

PM forms a committee to find solution to utility’s troubles.


Express June 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


The federal and provincial governments will ensure full protection to KESC installations, offices and personnel, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said while chairing a meeting to look into the affairs of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) on Friday.


The meeting also decided to form a committee, comprising representatives of key stakeholders, to discuss the utilty’s labour-related issues and find solution to problems in minimum possible time.

Highlighting the government’s privatisation policy, Gilani said it was geared towards improved service delivery in a cost-effective manner.

“This approach will extend appropriate opportunities to the private sector in improving their business and commercial benchmarks as well as customer satisfaction.”

Reiterating the government’s determination to create a business-friendly environment, the prime minister said that economic incentives were equally vital for encouraging investment in all sectors.

The government, he said, would continue to support public-private partnership in all sectors to improve the quality of goods and services.

During the meeting, the KESC management was told to make all out efforts to improve the supply of electricity.

Earlier, Minister for Water and Power Naveed Qamar briefed the meeting on the current electricity supply situation in Karachi and KESC’s labour-related problems.

Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Farooq Sattar called for stabilising the power supply in the Sindh metropolis and said it was affecting the commercial and industrial sectors.

Minister for Finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh also called for quickly resolving KESC’s issues.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik briefed the meeting about the law and order situation arising out of KESC affairs and proposed to take all stakeholders including political forces on board for early settlement of the issues.

The meeting was also attended by the chairman of Nepra, the secretary of water and power and the Sindh chief secretary.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2011.

COMMENTS (2)

Engr. Riaz Akbar | 10 years ago | Reply Commercial and industial sectors activities must not be hampered on the plea of labour related problems of KESC. Since Karachi is the economic hub of Pakistan so both federal and provincial governments must ensure uninterrupted power supply to commercial and industrial sectors of Karachi.There is an other factor which require immediate attention of KESC's adminstration.to look into safety of line-men deputed on overhead lines as media reported on that one lineman was killed due to electric shock while repairing overhead line on 12 th June, 2011..This safety aspect must also be included in labour related problems.
sam | 10 years ago | Reply the government should not intervine.................... there are no jobs the unions cant force themselves on kesc.... down sizing happens in all organizations... its happened globally... its time for the union to get a doze of tough love... the govt should instead focus on finding them employment elsewhere
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