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Proposal to hold provinces responsible rejected on Sindh’s advice

The Sindh chief minister’s adviser on finance and energy said on Wednesday that the Council of Common Interests (CCI) on the advice of the provincial government had rejected a proposal of making the provincial governments responsible to collect up to 70 percent of electricity bills or face penalties if they failed to do so.

The proposal had envisaged that if the provincial administrations failed to collect up to 70 percent of electricity bills, they could face deductions at source in due finances from the federal divisible pool.

The adviser, Syed Murad Ali Shah, said that other provinces supported the stance of the Sindh government at the CCI meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday.

In a statement, he said the proposals to address energy issues made by the representatives of the provincial governments at the CCI meeting would remain part of the newly approved national power policy.

He said the power generation plants being imported into the country should be designed in a manner that they could function while meeting the specifications of coal to be extracted from Thar.

Shah said the Sindh government’s efforts to extract coal from Thar and generate electricity from it would be an important part of the newly approved national power policy. He said the Thar coal as and when extracted would be made ready for consumption by the provincial government and provided for power generation at the national level.

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