• KP govt ready to take control of Pesco: Asad Umar

      December 28, 2013
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      KARACHI: The central leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and the Member National Assembly (MNA), Asad Umar has said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK government is ready to take full control of Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco).

      Addressing a press conference at the party’s central media cell here on Friday, Umar said the federal government owes Rs108 billion as royalty of electricity to KP government and the federal government is bound to make payment to the provincial government. He said the PTI is ready to take control of all those public sector organisations in which the government has failed to run them.

      MNA Dr Arif Alvi, the central deputy secretary general of the party, Imran Ismail, media coordinator, Jamal Siddiqui, Subhan Ali Sahil and Dwa Khan were also present on the occasion.Asad Umar said the under an agreement the federal government is bound to give annual Rs7.5 billion as royalty to KP but this amount has not been released yet. He said due to technical issues 20 percent electricity which is generated by Pesco is wasted while electricity theft and loadshedding cause increase in electricity tariff.

      Umar said the PTI can make sure controlling wastage and theft of electricity with the help of modern technology and it can produce cheap electricity besides ending loadshedding.He said if the federal defence minister is not interested point scoring and sincere in his offer than he should constitute a committee on the federal level and the PTI is serious to take administrative control of all those public sector entities which the federal government cannot run.

      He said the federal government should hand over Pesco generation, transmission and distribution to KP government and it would run it far better than the federal government. He said the KP chief minister in this connection would write a letter to the federal government.

      While replying to a query, he said the federal minister for water and power should resolve the issues seriously instead of taking matters lightly. He said he (the minister) should give better recommendation to the federal government because any sort of biased attitude toward the provinces is harmful for the government.