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April 5, 2012

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At the heart of the problem

At the heart of the problem
Pakistan, suffers from an acute energy crisis, and at the heart of the problem lies the idea of privatisation of power producing plants. Electricity today is one of the most important needs of the population, on which many aspects of life depend. To make electricity a commercial commodity is leaving one of the most important needs of the population on market forces which only care for their profits. What if the market decides that producing electricity is less important for it than other business options? Or that electricity generation is not commercially viable (as is the case in Pakistan)?
Would we still continue to insist on privatisation of electricity because we have been spoon-fed the idea that governments are bad mangers and only market competition brings the best in terms of service provision? The state should manage such resources on behalf of the people and only charge production costs from them.
Moez Mobeen
Islamabad
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