5000 posts of ALM lying vacant in PESCO, Senate body told

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Power on Monday was apprised that currently, 5000 posts of assistant linemen (ALM) were lying vacant in Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO).
The committee, which met here with Saifullah Abro in the chair, reviewed compliance report on the recommendation of the committee made in its previous meetings, discussed circular debt breakup, tendering process of proposed 220KV grid station in Larkana, appointments of members of BODs.
Briefing the committee, the PESCO Chief informed the committee that out of the total, the ministry and board of directors (BoDs) allowed to make recruitment against 2605 posts.
He said Khyber Medical University (KMU) was shortlisted for conducting examination of the candidates.
The committee directed that former candidates should also be given a chance to appear in the test by extending the date for one week.
Secretary Power Division Ali Raza Bhutta told the committee that it was an established practice to conduct tests and interviews by the third party to ensure transparency and merit.
He said it was the government policy to make all recruitments purely on merit. Defending the decision of the federal cabinet was our prime responsibility, he added.
The committee was informed that the total circular debt till June 30, 2021 stood at Rs 2,280 billion. Last year, an amount of Rs 538 billion was added to the circular debt which has been curtailed to Rs 130 billion during this year. - APP