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Shahbaz for immediate steps to end energy crisis

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said that the energy crisis had badly affected the nation, country and national economy and steps were being taken on war-footing to decrease load-shedding.

The CM stated this while presiding over a meeting of cabinet committee set up with regard to energy crises at Chief Minister’s Office here. Provincial Minister for Energy Sher Ali Khan, Agriculture Minister Dr. Farrukh Javed, Special Assistant Ch. Arshad Jutt, Advisor Azmul Haq, the Planning & Development chairman, the DCO Lahore and the experts attended the meeting.

The chief minister said that education, health, agriculture, livestock, industry, trade and all sections of life had been affected due to energy crisis. The meeting considered the proposed steps for launching energy generating projects through biogas, solar, biomass, wind, hydel and bagasse. The meeting also considered the proposals for promoting the use of solar energy in new housing schemes and newly constructed commercial plazas and converting streets light to solar panels.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that they were answerable to the people for reducing energy crisis, therefore, steps were being taken on war-footing for decreasing load-shedding. He said that the projects for generating energy in the minimum time would have to complete.

The CM directed the officials concerned to given final shape one window energy policy at the earliest, calling for the need to complete the process of result-oriented consultation with all stakeholders. He said that the launching of the energy projects under public-private partnership should be considered.

The chief minister said that former federal rulers had committed a serious crime by not paying attention to elimination of energy crisis during five years. He said that, due to the loot and corruption policy of former rulers, the country and the nation had been pushed into darkness. He said that people had given the mandate to the PML-N for eliminating energy crisis and the nation would be rid of agony of load-shedding through collective wisdom and tireless efforts. He said that the PML-N government was marching forward in energy sector without wasting time. He said that they were working on the energy generation projects through coal, wind, hydro, biogas and biomass and other alternate sources.

Shahbaz Sharif said that reforms were needed for capacity building of energy department and the services of qualified experts should be acquired for this purpose. He said that the country’s situation could be improved by ensuring positive use of mineral resources.

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