Senate committee rejects report on DISCOs’ losses

ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Sub-Committee on Power rejected on Friday the figures presented by the distribution companies (DISCOs) regarding improvement in annual losses, asking the national power regulator to improve performance.

Convened by Senator Syed Shibli Faraz, a meeting of the committee was held at the Parliament House to deliberate upon losses and recoveries by DISCOs.

The committee was informed that the losses incurred by DISCOs in 2019 improved by 0.61 per cent. It was also told that the Power Division had planned to introduce economical electricity units into the system.

However, convener Senator Syed Shibli Faraz took serious notice of the figures presented to the committee, saying those (figures) were misleading since fuel price and other expenses were included in the losses.

Expressing regret over the presentation, the senator said even the managing boards of DISCOs had not been revamped.

He emphasized the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to play a proactive role in protecting the rights of the people.

Faraz underscored the need for effective coordination between the Power Division, NEPRA and DISCOs.

Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak stressed the need for outsourcing to improve the performance of DISCOs, saying the smart metering project is no solution to power theft.

Senator Sirajul Haq asserted that the ordinary public must not be burdened by the fuel prices.

Senior officers from the Power Division and NEPRA attended the meeting.

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