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Sindh fails to recover billions from power companies

Facing a deficit of Rs21 billion, the Sindh government is not ready to recover billions of rupees of electricity charges from three power companies.

According to official documents of the provincial Energy and Power Department available with The News, the department had not recovered Rs5.28 billion from the Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC) for the period of June 2010 to August 2013.

Kareem Bux Shaikh, Additional Secretary Energy and Power Department, confirmed the matter and said that as he had recently joined his post, steps will be taken in this regard very soon.

A meeting with the Finance Department is scheduled soon in which the system of recovery will be settled, he added.Shaikh said there were also liabilities of power companies due from the Sindh government but these two were different issues and he was personally of the view that Electricity Duty should be recovered and the liabilities of the government should be also settled but these two subjects should not be mixed.

The Audit Report 2012-13 conducted by the AG Department also revealed the fact that only in one fiscal year 2012-13, Sindh government’s Energy and Power Department did not recover Rs1.367 billion electricity duty from the three power supply companies, KESC, Hyderabad Electricity Supply Company (HESCO) and Sukkur Electricity Supply Company (SESCO).The due share of KESC is Rs1.137 billion.

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