PM Nawaz approves move to hand PESCO over to K-P govt

K-P Chief Minister welcomes move but demands control over K-P's power generation setup too.


Web Desk December 29, 2013
K-P Chief Minister welcomed the move but demanded control over K-P's power generation setup too. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday gave his go-ahead for the hand over of Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, Express News reported.

The PM will write a letter to K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in a few days as an official notification inviting the provincial government to take over the reins of the power distribution company.

Express News correspondent Khalid Mehmood reported that Nawaz Sharif is acting according to the 18th Amendment, which allows provincial bodies to oversee generation and distribution of electricity.

The PM also plans to place the responsibility of all finances including revenue collection and the recovery of dues with the K-P government.

PTI responds

Hours after the Prime Minister's approval, PTI's official Twitter account responded saying Chief Minister Pervez Khattak welcomed the move to hand over PESCO, but the provincial government wanted control over K-P's entire power generation setup.





PTI further stated that the Prime Minister must ensure K-P's due share in the revenue generated from power generation after the transfer, as well as taking care of over Rs100 billion in dues to the provincial government.





CM Khattak will soon write a letter to the federal government in this regard.

Background

The move comes days after PTI chief Imran Khan had said that the K-P government would eliminate power theft and generate cheap electricity for the people if Pesco was handed over to K-P.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif had said that immediate transfer of control was doable.

"Yes it [transfer of control] can be done immediately. He [Imran] can take control of Pesco and handle the distribution of electricity and recovery," he had said.

“This is not about us failing. Over the past three, four months, there has been a reduction in line losses and theft. We do not claim there has been radical change, but there has been reduction, there has been improvement.”

COMMENTS (43)

saqib | 8 years ago | Reply

I am OK with it just give us our resources its own us what we can do to them Federal govt stealing our resources since the independence

Rafaqat | 8 years ago | Reply

@mustafa abdurrehman: If your sole argument is that "water is ours", then what stopped your provincial government from making use of that water resource. Vast majority of hydro potential in KPK is still not utilised. Why is federal govt running around arranging financing for Dasu project. Why does PTI not take the lead and finance/build/operate it itself ?

PTI wants all the toys pid by the Fed Govt. That is not governance, its dishonest and disingenuous.

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