Power use to be cut by 30 pc in govt offices

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PM directs formation of committee to suggest measures;

Awareness campaign on energy saving, austerity planned

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday directed the officials to set up a committee to work on reducing electricity consumption in the government offices by 30 per cent.

The committee will comprise the federal minister for energy, the federal minister for planning, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources and secretaries. The prime minister gave the direction while chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet.

The meeting was told that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority have also prepared an awareness campaign about energy saving and austerity.

The federal cabinet discussed the ‘Proposed Energy Saving Plan’ presented by the Power Division. The meeting was briefed on the consultation conducted with the stakeholders regarding the energy saving plan.

In this regard, the prime minister said the consultation process with all the stakeholders including the provincial governments, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan governments should be completed as soon as possible to ensure the implementation of the ‘Proposed Energy Saving Plan’.

The prime minister emphasised that the nation needed to adopt austerity measures with regard to energy and urgently required change in attitudes. He said the implementation of the energy saving plan and the use of alternative energy was indispensable to reduce the import bill in terms of fuel.

The federal cabinet condemned the arrest of senior parliamentarian Chaudhry Ashraf by the Punjab government in a 53-year-old case. The cabinet also offered fateha for those martyred in the incidents of terrorism in various parts of the country. The cabinet paid tribute to the security forces for their continuous fight against terrorism.

The meeting was given a detailed briefing by the Ministry of Industries and Production on the use of electric bikes across the country. It was highlighted that currently 90 companies were manufacturing motorcycles and auto rickshaws in the country with a capacity to manufacture six million motorcycles annually. It was informed that 22 companies had been issued licences to manufacture electric bikes in Pakistan.

The meeting was further informed that the promotion of electric bikes would save a lot in terms of fuel. The use of electric bikes will not only save fuel, but will also prove eco-friendly by reducing carbon emissions.

The prime minister issued instructions to submit a detailed plan regarding electric bikes to the Economic Coordination Committee. The federal cabinet gave final approval to the report of the Cabinet Committee on Soybean.

The federal cabinet approved the Government-to-Government Commercial Transaction Act 2022 (G2G Commercial Transaction Act 2022). On the recommendation of the Board of Investments, the Federal Cabinet approved in principle the One Stop Service Act to provide facilities to investors in Special Economic Zones established across the country.

On the recommendation of the Petroleum Division, the Federal Cabinet declared Taj Field (Mirpur Khas Block) for commercial status, covering an area of 14.11 square kilometers on commercial basis and to M/s United Energy Pakistan Limited of this block for five years.

The federal cabinet approved the decisions taken in the meetings of the Economic Coordination Committee held on December 21 and Nov 15, 2022. It also approved the decisions taken in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Privatization held on Dec 26.