Government may give struggling power companies to the Pakistan Army

The decision of the Pakistani government to assign the oversight of financially struggling Distribution Companies (Discos) to the Pakistan Army represents a robust strategy aimed at curbing electricity theft and improving bill recovery. Led by a serving brigadier, a team comprising officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) will oversee Performance Monitoring Units (PMUs) across all struggling Discos.

This proactive initiative is a direct response to the significant financial losses attributed to widespread electricity theft and outstanding bills. By deploying a specialized team, which includes representatives from law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the government aims to eradicate corruption and take decisive action against those involved in electricity theft. The focus on a pilot project in the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) underscores a strategic approach to test and enhance the effectiveness of the implemented measures.

The broader crackdown on electricity theft, initially announced by the caretaker energy minister in September, underscores the severity of the issue. Discos in crucial regions such as Peshawar, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Quetta, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, facing significant losses, require stringent measures to ensure accountability and foster sustainable improvements in the electricity distribution sector.

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