ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday chaired a high level meeting on energy situation at the Prime Minister’s Office
The meeting reviewed overall energy situation in the country and examined ways and means to improve it.
It was decided in principle to take tangible measures both at increasing generation through energy mix and exploring alternate resources. The meeting also underlined the need to reduce theft, rationalize tariff and minimize line losses.
The meeting was apprised by the energy experts about strategy and implementation of timelines for reduction of load shedding.
The meeting was also informed that new comprehensive energy policy which includes short terms, medium term and long term energy plan, would be ready by the end of this month as currently consultation is going on with all stakeholders.
The Prime Minister directed to also take on board the provinces in the consultative process. The meeting was informed that a comprehensive strategy for recovery of dues from the defaulters has also been devised.
It was also revealed that a highly professional project management office is being established in the Ministry which includes a policy and an implementation cell.
The project management office shall supervise and review the progress on key policy decision and energy implementation plan.
It was decided that the PM will review energy situation on weekly basis.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed the confidence that with dedication, better management and facilitation of energy sector companies, the situation would improve in near future.
He, however, directed that options of long term energy security must also be examined and practical steps should be taken in this regard.
The PM also directed to examine possibility of importing energy from neighbouring countries to improve the situation on immediate basis.
He also directed that providing special care and maximum relief to the common man must be the top most consideration at the time of rationalization of tariff.
The meeting was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Information Minister Pervez Rashid, Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and experts of energy sector.