Rs 46 billion recovered from power pilferers in 53 days

Government of PakistanRs 46 billion recovered from power pilferers in 53 days

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: An amount of Rs 46 billion was recovered from the power pilferers from September 07 to October 31, 2023 during the ongoing anti-power theft campaign.

In a post on X, the Power Division Secretary Rashid Langrial said that we started our anti-power theft campaign on September 07, and “That day, we promised that no one will be spared: high or mighty; sacred or not-so-sacred.”

“Today as the results for the first two months (53 days to be exact) are out, I must put things in perspective. Our estimated annual losses across the national grid for the current year are Rs 589 billion. Of the total Rs 589, roughly Rs 199 billion come from ex-FTA, Balochistan tube-wells and AJK,” Rashid Langrial said.

These areas are not the focus of this campaign because of their own peculiarities, Rashid Langrial maintained, adding that AJK collects its own bills but does not pay at the same rate because it sees it as a contractually disputed payment; ex-FATA because they are exempted from meters due to a policy of appeasement in the wake of integration and Balochistan tube-wells on account of various factors, least of which is not the enforcement challenge.

“We are working on the remaining problem space of Rs 390 billion of which we are able to recover Rs 46 billion in 53 days i.e. Rs 867 million per day. If the same level of state support and field effort can be maintained (and that is a big if, I must admit), 80 percent of the problem space gets resolved”.

The secretary said they were conscious of the challenge of sustaining the drive beyond the campaign but had “demonstrated beyond doubt” that there was nothing that could not be resolved with the right mix of state’s will and field effort.

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