A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Power was held on Thursday at Parliament House.
Convened by Senator Fida Muhammad, the meeting was attended by Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak, Senator Siraj ul Haq, Senator Ahmed Khan, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, Senator Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Senator Muhammad Akram, Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed and senior officers from the Power Division, NEPRA along with all concerned.
The Committee was briefed regarding alleged removal of domestic meters of small farmers for running mono motors on single phase domestic connections by GEPCO. Points of Public Importance regarding Exact Figure of Circular Debt, Transparency in PESCO Recruitment Process were considered as well.
The meeting commenced with discussion on Circular Debt regarding a discrepancy in the per month figure of PKR 42 billion vs PKR 29 billion. It was asserted that this was due to subsidies that were provided to K-Electric. The Committee asserted that a uniform policy must be pursued in the whole country. The Committee further asserted that wheeling must be pursued as per international standards.
Taking up Point of Public Importance regarding Transparency in the recruitment process of meter readers and linemen by PESCO; the Committee was informed that the testing agency had not provided a carbon copy of the answer sheet to candidates. During the current recruitment phase companies were instructed to finalize the hiring by an independent testing agency after a competitive process as per PPRA Rules in consultation with Ministry of Energy (Power Division). The Committee formed an informal committee to review the matter in detail.
While being briefed about the alleged removal of domestic meters of small farmers for running mono motors on single phase domestic meters for irrigation, the Committee was informed that certain consumers have got connections under domestic tariff for their Deras but they are running single phase Mono Motors and tube wells up to 4-8 KW for irrigation of their lands. The use of Mono Motor for agricultural purposes on domestic meters is a violation of tariff against which connection was applied and granted. As per SOPs consumers have to apply for agricultural connections. The Committee directed that this matter will be taken up in detail in the next meeting and that until then all connections must be restored. It was also stressed that Agricultural policy must be revised and made more farmer friendly. CEO GEPCO was summoned in the next meeting.