Islamabad: A Senate panel has called for the government to change the supply of free electricity to some 98,000 employees of power companies and give them some new options to reduce financial losses.
According to the report, the Senate Standing Committee on Power, headed by Senator Fida Mohammed, was informed that about 39 million 1 million power units were financed by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Generation Companies (Genco's) staffing 98,222 employees. Provided during the year 19-2018, the total cost was Rs. 5 billion 26 crore.
The Committee was told that free units are offered to employees in exchange for their services and that the facility cannot be terminated simultaneously as they are part of the employee's contract, however, it can be used and misused and be avoided.
Some senators suggested that if employees were given any concession equal to the units of free power, they would also consider saving energy.
He said the electricity provided to the staff was not properly metered or billing, which also led to its misuse in the neighbourhood.
It was informed at the meeting that out of the total staff, there are 16,591 officers who used 8 crore units worth Rs. 1 billion 38 crores during the financial year 19-2018 while Rs. 31 million units of electricity have been used.
The meeting was informed that out of the total 1,008,222 employees, 1.5 million current employees and 48,000 retired employees, their families or widows.