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Energy crisis hampering process of development in country:Lashkari.

ISLAMABAD, September 30, 2009 (Balochistan Times): The Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power, which met at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Senator Nawabzada Mir Haji Lashkari Raisani, has underlined the need to intensify efforts for resolving the current power crisis with special focus on controlling mismanagement, cutting the line losses, pilferage and other undesirable practices. The energy crisis is not only hampering the process of development in the country but also making the lives of the people miserable, it observed. The meeting also called for development of alternative means of energy especially coal to come out of the present crisis. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister for Water & Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf said that some unscrupulous elements are trying to politicize the present electricity crisis, which this government inherited. They are trying to make political capital out of the power crisis. The situation, he said, is not of our own making and the government is trying desperately to come out with short term as well as long term solutions. However, it would take some time and we are apprising the people of the factual position not hiding any thing from the public. Senator Moula Bakhsh Chandio, a member of the Committee observed that the reservations of people of Sindh province regarding construction Dia Mir Bhasha Dam must be taken into consideration. Other members of the Committee said theft of electricity is becoming a major problem and it has to be dealt firmly with an iron hand. They expressed the confidence that the cooperation of the people must be secured to improve the situation and efforts be made for creating greater awareness in this regard.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 30, 2009
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