Prime Minister meets representatives of Water and Power Development Authority Union which had been on strike agitating against privatisation of Faisalabad Electric Supply Company and other power companies

Islamabad, November 19, 2015 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif met with the representatives of the WAPDA Union which had been on the strike agitating against the Privatisation of FESCO and other power companies. The union delegation led by Mr. Khursheed Ahmed included Abdul Lateef Nizamani, Gohar Taj, Mohammad Ramzan Acakzai, Chaudry Sarfaraz and Mian Dilawar Shah.

They gave a detailed presentation on their demands and the suggestions to improve the working of the Power companies. The Union leaders assured the Prime Minister that they will work with the Ministry of Water and Power and the Managements of the companies to achieve the targets for improving service to the electricity consumers, reducing line losses, controlling thefts and recovery of bills and receivables. They further assured that the Union will support the managements of all the DISCOs and GENCOs to reach the desired results within three months.

The Prime Minister said that the government aimed at providing better services to the electricity consumers and provide electricity at affordable prices. Thefts, line losses and less recoveries contribute to additional burden for the electricity consumers and the national exchequer. He said that the government held the dignity of the labour at highest policy level and reiterated his commitment to take every step to improve their working conditions.

He appreciated the positive gesture of the Union leaders and agreed to form a Committee under the Minister for Water and Power and comprising of the representatives from the Privatisation Commission, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Law to discuss all the demands and suggestions presented by the Union and finalise their recommendations.

The Union leaders applauded the attention given to their demands by the Prime Minister and announced end of the strike and reiterated their commitment to support the managements of the power companies to improve the conditions relating to the recoveries, line losses, thefts as well as service to the electricity consumers.

For more information, contact:
Federal Minister for Water and Power
Ministry of Water and Power
Room No. 201-204, 2nd Floor, A Block Pak Secretariat,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: + (92-51) 9212442, 9210533
Fax: + (92-51) 9224825