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ISLAMABAD: The Power Division has decided to transfer operational staff of power Distribution Companies (Discos) from one circle to other another circle to break their collusion with electricity thieves, official sources told Business Recorder.

“Transfer of operational staff of Discos, SDOs, line superintendents and meter readers is on the cards and no political influence will be accepted in this regard,” the sources added.

Areas in Mardan (KPK) where theft is very high will not get electricity from October 1, 2023 and the same treatment is expected in Sindh and elsewhere.

‘Mafias within Discos’ feeling the heat, says Power Division secretary

According to Secretary Power Division, Rashid Mahmood Langrial, during the past 18 days, 17,000-plus FIRs have been registered against power thieves, 32 employees of Discos have been suspended and 3,000 plus arrests have been made.

He further stated that recovery from delinquents has crossed Rs 10 billion till Monday night of which Rs 8 billion was recovered in the last ten days. He added that of late SEPCO, HESCO and PESCO are also picking up recovery due to the ongoing crackdown.

Insiders; however, claim that Power Division is including the amount of subsidy in total recovered amount, which it received from Finance Division against Discos claims.

Power Division is projecting recovery of around Rs. 150 billion within 3-4 months from defaulters and those involved in theft.

On Tuesday a Senate panel was informed that electricity theft campaign has proven to be very fruitful.

It was apprised that the campaign continues in different districts and areas of the country on different models. The committee recognised the efforts of the Ministry and recommended giving appreciation certificates to the officers who led the campaign.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Jalil Baloch Sep 27, 2023 09:17am
Though the fault lies with entire corrupt people be it the power suppliers n the consumers...but biggest portion of blame lies with the bigwigs of power suppliers in whose supervision the state is being robbed...why the army chief had to finally assert to ensure that this game of corruption should be checked...
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Mateen Sep 27, 2023 11:55am
Good
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KU Sep 27, 2023 12:07pm
The drive has now taken the shape of an eyewash. If investigation by private auditors is allowed and/or the media investigates the anti-theft drive, much of the theft is still going on in areas of important people and less visited places. Ask any local of any tehsil in any province, they will point you to the right location of theft.
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Pervez Mahmood Sep 27, 2023 09:13pm
Why not put this corrupt staff behind bars for a reasonable period of time and put heavy fines on them for their corruption and disloyalty....
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Pervez Mahmood Sep 27, 2023 09:33pm
A couple of days ago one slide on Geo News showed that 10,700 electricity thieves are apprehended and fined Rs. 30 core. This works out an average penalty of about Rs. 28,000 per criminal. This is a meager amount for a consumer using FREE electricity which vould be an apartment, big house, school, shopping center, street side restaurant, shadi hall, factory or plaza. Even a small house with one air conditioner is receiving a bill more than 30 thousand rupees. This kind of fines only ENCOURAGE THEFT OF ELECTRICITY.
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Ather Nizami Sep 28, 2023 06:42pm
I think where there is a will there is a way. Actually the acception of few the entire staff from the very top to the bottom are corrupt and try to become millionaire overnight which has actually happened. These type of raids on unauthorized connections should have done much before.Thanks to the Care taker Energy Division who took this initiative and now the results are very clear.
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Deewan Sep 29, 2023 10:06am
Such operations were exercised during 1997 with army subsequently what were results of operation. GoP require to identify root cause of disease and treat accordingly instead of unnecessary medication.
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