Distribution Companies employees to get imprisonment up to 3 years for over-billing

Islamabad

Federal minister for Power Division, SardarAwais Ahmed Khan Laghari while fulfilling his promise has proposed and got approved amendment relating to severe punishment of imprisonment upto 3 years for those Distribution Companies employees which are involved in over billing and wrong billing.
The Federal Minister made promise in his first speech at the floor of National Assembly after taking over as Minister in-charge of power division.
In meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Energy chaired by Mr. Bilal Virk at WAPDA House Lahore, the Minister in-charge Power Division proposed amendment to the NEPRA Act whereby an employee of distribution company would be punished if found involved in over billing and wrong billing. The proposal was finalized by the Power Division after the Federal Minister took extensive two weeks briefings and analyzing various aspects associated with the amendment.
According to details the new insertion in the NEPRA amendment would enable the NEPRA to hear and investigate complaints relating to the over billing and wrong billing by the distribution companies. After an employee is found guilty the matter will be referred to the concerned law enforcing agencies for registration of proper FIR.
The committee members applauded the Minister for the historic amendment.
The Federal Minister during the meeting also passed directions to the DISCOs CEOs regarding close liaison with MNAs and other people representatives. He directed the CEOs to keep transparent record of development projects and it must be ensured that these projects are completed within the time frame.
The Federal Minister directed the CEOs that all new applications relating to electrification must be available on the websites of respective DISCOs. The details should also be made public and notified on the notice boards at sub-division level for public to ensure maximum FairPlay.
The Federal Minister also directed the CEOs that they will regularly brief people representatives of their respective areas regarding progress of projects.
The Federal Minister also directed the CEOs and other head of organizations under the power division to constitute proper procurement committee and devise transparent material management system in order to ensure timely completion of the projects.
The National Assembly Committee unanimously approved the NEPRA amendment bills for reporting to the National Assembly for further legislation.—TNS

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