Govt collects Rs120b more revenue in energy sector: Omar Ayub
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Power Division Omar Ayub Khan informed the Senate that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government collected Rs 120 billion more revenue in the energy sector in just 18 months.
“We have collected Rs 120 billion more revenue in energy sector in just 18 months of PTI government,” he said while responding to a motion under Rule 218 regarding gas and power scarcity in the domestic and industrial sectors.
He said the government had started a campaign to check power theft in various parts of the country and FIRs against 30,000 people had been registered.
The minister said that about 4,000 persons had been put behind bars for their involvement in power pilferage while hundreds of employees had been issued show cause notices for their involvement in corruption.
He said currently, there was zero load-shedding on around 80% feeders.
He said that the PTI government had brought improvement in the distribution system and the government was determined to end load shedding on the remaining 20 percent feeders by ending the electricity theft.
He said that circular debt had reached to Rs 450 billion during PML-N government. The minister said the previous governments did not enhance the power tariff despite NEPRA’s determination.
This move was aimed at winning the general elections and continued power supply to loss making feeders resulted in the piling up of Rs 200 billion in dues, he added. - APP