Federal government steals electricity of provinces, reluctant to discuss uplift programs

Karachi, July 10, 2016 (PPI-OT):The federal government is steeling the electricity of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and never consult with the provincial government while framing development projects. As a result, the people and the industry in both the provinces suffer a lot. This was stated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Parvaiz Khatak while talking to media at the CM House this evening.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that when the federal government turn its face from problems of provincial governments and fail to fulfill its responsibilities people, the provinces and the political parties have constitutional right to stage protest.

He said that people were demanding development works from the provincial governments, they come out onto the streets and stage sit in even at the gate of CM House. “We deal them decently but it is quite surprising that the federal government neither consult with provincial governments while working out development programmes not giving due financial share from the divisible pool,” this an injustice and the center was forcing the provincial governments to launch protest drive.

Talking about the Sindh’s share in NFC, Syed Qaim Ali Shah deplored that whatever the share and formula have been agreed between the provinces and the Center was still denied. “The federal government was reluctant to convene CCI meetings and when the meeting is called the agenda of the meeting is set unilaterally by the federal government,” he deplored.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Parvaiz Khatak said that the federal government was stealing 500 MW of his province. They are also stealing 1000 MW of Sindh province but “I have taken up this issue with the federal government and now it is the turn of Sindh government to fight out its case with the them (Center),” he said and added that the 100 MMCF gas of his province was being denied for which he had agreed the federal government.

Sindh Chief Minister said that 17 to 18 hours load-shedding was conducted in interior areas of Sindh. “We have written lot of letters to the federal government but all our letters, protests and complaints have fallen flat on their ears,” he said and added that during his visit to Khairpur, Larkana and Sukkur people told him that the WAPDA authorities (SESCO) have sent the cases of recovery from residential consumers to NAB.

“This is quite painful, on the one hand they claim inflated bills from the residential consumers and on the other harassing them through NAB,” he said and went on saying when you (WAPDA/SESCO, HESCO) do not install meters then how you assess the consumption.

Replying to a question Sindh chief minister said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had come to attend the funeral prayer of legendary Abdul Sattar Edhi. He had not come to talk to him and when he left for Lahore he did not know. “When he will come to talk to us definitely we would talk to him,” he said.

Replying to another question both the chief minister unanimously said that Kalabagh Dam was a dead issue. The federal government sometimes tries to raise this issue so that they could turn public attention from genuine issues. Both the chief ministers urged the federal government to attribute the new under construction Islamabad airport in the name of Abdul Sattar Edhi.

Earlier, Chief Minister Parvez Khatak along with speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, MNA Arif Alvi, Haleem Adil Shaikh, Sindh PTI PMA Sherzaman and others held a meeting with Sindh chief minister in which certain issues like urging federal government to convene CCI meeting and developing consensus on NFC Award and distribution of electricity and proper share of the provinces in PSDP were discussed.

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