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Event Title: Meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Privatization was held here in Parliament on Friday with Senator Shammim Afridi in the Chair.

Event Date: 2022-07-22

 The meeting commenced with the deliberations on Privatization of PESCO (Peshawar Electric Supply Company Limited and IESCO (Islamabad Elelctric Supply Company Limited). Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar inquired that why the ministry of power wants to privatised the PESCO and IESCO.Secretary, Ministry of Privatization, told the committee that the major objective of ministry of power behind the privatisation of concerned DISCO's were to reduced transmission losses and improve quality of service delivery. Officials of PESCO informed the committee that due to transmission losses and deteriorated law and order condition in the region,PESCO is doomed to bear losses. Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar maintained that instead of privatising, ministry of power should introduce prepaid system in the concerned DISCO'S.Chairman Committee questioned as to who will be willing to purchase these DISCO's, which are engulfed in transmission losses and debt. He also maintained that the issue of transmission losses can be resolved with the help of law enforcement forces of concerned province.Federal Minister for Privatization, Mir Abid Hussain Bhayo told the committee that the Provincial Governments were invited to purchase their concerned DISCO'S.He also maintained that provincial governments with the aid of its administrative machinery could administer it effectively.Senator Shammim Afridi demanded a detailed report on the matter in the next meeting.

While discussing the matter of 448 acres of land of Sindh Engineering Limited located in Tehsil Kasur,Punjab Province. Assistant Commissioner of Kasur apprised the committee that the matter is prejudice in Civil Court under the direction of Lahore High Court and the latter has also stopped the Civil Court from pronouncing the decision on the matter concerned. Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar suggested that the committee should wrote a letter to Chief Justice of Lahore High Court to submit his reply before the committee.

However, on the matter of total numbers of consultants working currently in the ministry of privatization and their recruitment and promotion rules.Chairman Committee Senator Shammim Afridi has decided to constitute a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar to review the matter in detailed.

 The Meeting was attended by Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar,Senator Anwar Lal Dean,Senator Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah,Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad,Minister for Privatization Mir Abid Hussain Bhayo and other senior officiers of ministry as well.