Parliamentary leaders and govt agree to stage protest against PESCO

Peshawar:  After being disappointed by Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) for resolving the issues of the power outages and other electricity problems the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the opposition have decided to raise the issue at political levels and stage a protest sit-in in front of Pesco offices.

They also resolved to give a mass protest call to press for the provincial government’s demand for providing full share of 13.5 percent in the total power production. They stressed that Pesco should formulate such schedule of load shedding which could ensure full utilization of the provincial share and reduce the power outages accordingly.

The consensus was evolved at a high level meeting of the KP government and parliamentary leaders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair at CM secretariat on Wednesday.

The Speaker of the Provincial Assembly, Asad Qaisar, MNA Sahibzada Tariqullah, parliamentary leaders of the assembly, provincial ministers and MPAs, the Chief Secretary, the Pesco Chief and other high level concerned officers attended the meeting.

Accepting PESCO proposal, the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak formed a technical committee of the provincial energy department and PESCO for ascertaining technical and other causes of the load shedding and suggest such schedule of the power breaks that could consume full share electricity for the province.

Expressing dissatisfaction and disappointment over Pesco’s poor response to the issued raised by the provincial government about the power load shedding, low voltage, delay in completion of MPAs funded electrification schemes and repair of transformers, the Chief Minister the government and opposition of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have now been forced by Pesco to raise their voice on streets to secure the constitutional right of the province.

He said that we are demanding our constitutional right and while admitting this right the federal government had directed Pesco to take concrete steps in this respect but, he regretted, that Pesco was always found reluctant to play its due role and now to the extent that it has out rightly refused to accepting the provincial government’s constitutional demand for providing the due share of electricity.

The Chief Minister said that the federal government would be formally intimated that our province was being denied of its right which was a sheer violation of the constitution. He reminded that the federal power minister had authorized him to prepare the load shedding schedule but Pesco was consistently refusing to cooperate in this connection.

He said that load shedding on the feeders that bear heavy line losses due to power thefts should not be discretion of Pesco and argued that the power stealing was being made in connivance of the Pesco officials. Reiterating the provincial government’s resolve for extending full cooperation to check the power thefts and recover the outstanding dues of 1.5 billion rupees, he said Pesco should not make reservations providing the right of full share when controlling stealing and making recoveries was the sole responsibility of Pesco.

Discussing the issues of electrification schemes and repair of transformers, the Chief Minister offered funding to WAPDA from the provincial resources to purchase one thousand wheel carts to facilitate standby arrangements for replacing defected transformers and establishing transformers’ repair workshop in every district of the province.

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