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- Thursday, May 09, 2013 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has decided to impose ban on the use of air conditioners in all government departments and offices from May 15.The ban shall continue till such time that there is substantial improvement in the energy situation in the country.


The Prime Minister House has already discontinued use of air conditioners as part of its austerity and conservation drive.The measure reflects the resolve of the government to manage the power crisis by management of demand.


The prime minister further directed introduction of summer dress code for the federal government employees with a view to facilitate them in their workplaces after ban on air conditioners.


The dress code includes white or light coloured (beige, light grey, sky blue, off-white, cream) shirt/bush shirt (full-sleeved or half sleeved) with light coloured (as prescribed for shirt) trouser or shalwar kameez with waist coat, moccasins (shoes without laces) or sandals (shoes with straps) without socks.


All public servants have been given seven days for preparations and have been directed to observe the dress code.The prime minister expressed hope that the provincial governments, private institutions and general public will cooperate with the federal government in energy conservation by following suit.


The prime minister has also appealed to the people to adopt energy conservation in their homes and workplace to minimise loadshedding and encourage a culture of conservation in the country.