Government to launch crackdown, draft law against power theft

The caretaker govt introduced on Wednesday a crackdown on electrical energy theft and the status quo of a taskforce in addition to a law on this regard.

The announcement used to be made throughout a joint press convention in Islamabad through Interim Energy, Power and Petroleum Minister Muhammad Ali and Interim Information and Broadcasting Minister Murtaza Solangi.

The ministers, flanked through Energy and Power Secretary Mahmood Langrial, underscored that the caretaker govt used to be dedicated to addressing electrical energy theft thru stringent measures.


The power department shall be drafting an “Energy Theft Law” inside of 3 weeks, knowledgeable Ali.

A job drive has been established on this regard, apprised Ali, underlining the will for reforms inside the nation’s 10 power distribution corporations.

According to the minister, 5 distribution corporations face a Rs100 billion deficit and shortage efficient billing restoration processes of their respective spaces.

Peshawar, Hyderabad, Quetta, Sukkur, tribal spaces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Mardan and Shikarpur have been known as spaces with a collective billing deficit of Rs489b.

The process drive is to function beneath the steerage of the power and power secretary, and the inspector-generals of police (IGPs), commissioners and accountability commissioners on the grassroots stage, in accordance to Ali.

Seconding him, Solangi clarified that no minister used to be receiving “complimentary electricity and this privilege was unavailable to others as well”.

The meantime ministers shared that the power department can be beginning departmental motion to get rid of power theft as soon as an inquiry is carried out to establish the ones answerable for “human and technical errors”.

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It used to be mentioned that the nation’s round debt stood at Rs2,536b as of December 2022 whilst an extra Rs343b debt had amassed this 12 months.

Meanwhile, Langrial identified that line losses had surged Rs589b.

The announcement comes against the backdrop of Interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar’s directives to launch swift motion against electrical energy theft and defaulters amid contemporary hikes in power price lists, inflated electrical energy expenses and national protests against the similar.

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