ISLAMABAD: After receiving a large number of complaints, the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) secretary has constituted a four-member committee to probe into the irregularities in the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), Pakistan Today has learnt.
Available copy of an office order (dated 3rd October 2019) issued by the Power Division disclosed that the Ministry of Energy has constituted a four-member committee, to be convened by FCC Director Lt Col (r) Syed Saleem Ahmed, to conduct a probe into IESCO irregularities. Other members included senior PEPCO officials Jaffar Hussain, Faheem Aslam and Naveed Qureshi.
According to office order of the Power Division, the four-member committee will inquire the nine repeated irregularities at random places within Rawalpindi and Islamabad circles of IESCO.
This committee will probe into delay in regularisation of temporary connections, especially of plazas; appointment of corrupt officers/officials as executive engineers (Xen)/sub divisional officers (SDO) who remained involved with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), National Accountability Bureau (NAB); provisions of illegal relief in tariff to bulk power consumers (BPCs) and housing societies; wrong calculations of load for high rise buildings, plazas to avoid certain feeder/grids; installations of meters inside the plazas in violation of the policy; illegal credit and fake corrections in monthly electricity bills of different industrial and commercial connections; illegal electrification of private societies; provision of electricity connections in banned areas of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT); and pending cases of large material theft (transformers, poles and cables etc).
A copy of this office order has been forwarded to the Power Division, PEPCO managing director, and IESCO chief executive officer.
Sources in IESCO said that instead of sending the matters of irregularities in IESCO to FIA or NAB, the power secretary has constituted a low-level committee, comprising PEPCO officials, to probe into irregularities. They alleged that influential officials of IESCO are involved in the irregularities and a high-powered joint investigation team should have been formed to probe such cases.
Sources further alleged that there is no use of this committee as it will ultimately give a clean chit to IESCO officers, as the “incumbent PEPCO MD and IESCO chief are on good terms”.
However, a senior officer of IESCO, when contacted, said he was unaware about the formation of this committee. He said that IESCO has already initiated an internal inquiry into some irregularities and soon the criminals will be made accountable for their crime.