Chairman Committee Senate Standing Committee on Power, Senator Fida Muhammad in a meeting held on Tuesday took strict notice of circle wise construction work during peak season, instead of winters when electricity demand is low.
While discussing TESCO projects, it was noted that no qualitative workshops were available in tribal areas and that for things to progress, it was imperative that a system be formulated to maintain checks and balances. TESCO officers informed the Committee, that work is in progress to achieve goals and the process of removing illegal transformers installed privately at homes. The Committee also took notice of private projects exceeding government schemes. Just 17 HT Feeders were installed in comparison to 37 Deposit Works. The Committee recommended that all workshops that have the capacity to cater to needs to such areas must be engaged. While evaluating PESCO Circle Projects in the last one year, the Committee was informed that lack of personnel and funds were two major issues plagued PESCO’s performance. Chairman Committee, Senator Fida Muhammad all details must be provided in the next meeting. While discussing the projects and performances of IESCO, Chairman Committee Senator Fida Muhammad directed the Organization that circle wise details of projects must be presented in the next meeting.
While discussing details 132 KV Grid Stations constructed at various locations by PESCO during the last one year the Committee was informed that 16 projects were completed, six were under progress and six new plans were due to commence. The Committee was informed that all new projects were subject to availability of funds.
During the briefing regarding regularization of service of IESCO’s contingent/adhoc /contractual employees hired since 2014; Chairman Committee Senator Fida Muhammad stressed the need for giving them priority. He said that placing an advertisement for new positions without adjusting previous recruitment was a gross violation of rights. The Ministry assured that it would look into the matter. The Committee stressed the need for formulation of policy for daily wages.
The meeting was presided over by Senator Fida Muhammad. Members present were Senator Siraj ul Haq, Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Senator Dr. Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi and senior officers of IESCO, TESCO, PESCO and the Ministry of Power along with all concerned.