QUETTA: Multan Electric Power Company MEPCO with the assistance of USAID Power Distribution Program has launched an outreach campaign for the farmers in the rural areas of Southern Punjab. For this purpose energy conservation seminars have been organized by MEPCO in the rural areas of DG Khan and Rajanpur. The recent event held in village Chah Hamraj Wala Chak Basi Tehsil Malsi & District Vehari, which was attended by a large number of farmers. Representatives from MEPCO along with the USAID’s staff organize these events for farmer’s community to highlight the importance of energy conservation and also give awareness on reducing the power theft.
Through these interactive sessions the speakers from MEPCO highlight the role and functions of the MEPCO as an electric distribution company, the importance of energy conservation and discuss measures that are being taken to resolve the prevailing electricity shortfall by saving electricity and preventing losses.
“MEPCO has designed a campaign for farmers in order to educate them on energy conservation” said MEPCO Additional Director Project Management Unit, Khawaja Aurang Zaib ” today gathering shows that still the peoples having the feeling to meet these challenges as the electricity shortfall is a worldwide issue and in our country currently facing 5000 MW shortfall”.
Asghar Baloch, Consumer Outreach Officer USAID Power Distribution Program educated the farmers not to use extra lighting and also requested to report electricity theft to MEPCO complaint number: 080084330.
The five year USAID Power Distribution Program was announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 as being among the United States’ efforts to support the Government of Pakistan to reform its power sector to mitigate the current energy shortfall. The program is helping government owned electric power distribution companies improve their commercial performance by reducing losses, increasing revenues, and improving customer services through the introduction of new technology and improved work practices.