PM asks Water & Power ministry to ensure optimum electricity generation

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Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Friday directed the Ministry of Water and Power to ensure optimum electricity generation for uninterrupted power supply to consumers.

The Prime Minister also asked the Ministry of Water and Power to constantly monitor the fuel availability and situation of stock in thermal power plants and also to closely coordinate with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Finance.

The Prime Minister issued the directives while presiding over a high-level meeting at the Prime Minister House to review the energy situation in the country.

The meeting was informed that the cost of electricity had increased due to its dependence on generation from oil.

The government has injected a sum of Rs 1.4 Trillion in the energy sector in the last five years to subsidize electricity and ensure that the common man is not burdened by rising electricity prices.

The meeting was told that an interim report on the reasons behind the power break-down of February 25 will be submitted to the Prime Minister on Monday.

Those who attended the meeting included Dr. Asim Hussain, Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources, Saleem H. Mandiwalla, Finance Minister, Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, Chairman WAPDA and senior officials of the government.

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