A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Power was held on Wednesday at Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. Chairman Committee, Senator SaifullahAbrochaired the meeting; that was attended by Senator Sana Jamali, Senator SaifullahSarwar Khan Nyazee, Senator Prince Ahmed Umar Ahmedzai, Senator Haji HidayatUllah Khan and senior officers of the Ministry of Power, NEPRA along with all concerned.
The Committee was briefed on the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of the Ministry for the Financial Year 2022-23; the issue of Detection Bills in HESCO on complain of overbilling and controversial appointments in to be made in GHCL &NTDC.
Reviewing the proposed PSDP 2022-23, the Committee was informed of details of on-going and new projects related to GENCOs, NTDC, DISCOs and PPIB and its approval status by ECNEC, CDWP & DDWP. The Chairman Committee, Senator SaifullahAbro enquired about dates of completion and stressed the proper utilization of funds. Criticizing lack of regulation he said that delay in projects contribute to increase in costs that generates losses. He asserted the need to curb power thefts; ensuring all perpetrators are taken to task. The Committee taking note of payments made to BODs stressed the need to minimize costs by arranging not more than two meetings a month. A proposal for this is to be made and submitted to the Committee in the next meeting. The total number of projects amounted to 101 out of which 18 await approval.
Deliberating over the plight of consumers due to Detection Bills sent out by HESCO, the Committee was informed that domestic category is worst hit by power theft. Local administration, it was revealed, was uncooperative and involved in pilferage. Approx 250 letters have been sent out in this regard. The Committee stressed the need to put in place a proper system to ensure that pilferage is curbed. The need to protect innocent citizens was emphasized.
Regarding appointments of CEO, GHCL; MD AND DMD NTDC; the Committee stressed the need for stringent action by the Ministry against any irregularity. It was asserted that all out efforts must be made to ensure appointments fulfil employment criteria. In the case of MD NTDC, the Committee enquired the reason for sealing appointments beyond 58 years of age. It was asserted that in keeping with previous standards; the age limit must be increased to 62years. The creation of DMD, position was termed irrelevant, since no prior precedence had been set in this regard.