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Govt thinking to deploy Rangers to deal with electricity theft in SEPCO

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ISLAMABAD: After conducting successful security operations in Karachi, now the federal government is thinking on the option to deploy Rangers in Sukkar Electric Power Company (SEPCO) to deal with power theft.

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A large number of power defaulters and corrupt officials are there in SEPCO who are eating up Rs. 13.8 billion per year and now Rangers will tackle with such corrupt defaulters for recovery of bills.

Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali told Standing Committee on Power and Water of NA accused influential of Sukkur and politicians for power theft which was resulting in 90 % line losses leading to a financial loss of Rs. 1.15 billion to the national exchequer.

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Abid Sher Ali further said that hotels and private hospitals are among the biggest defaulters and thieves of electricity. “I am keeping the list (of defaulters) secret. If I unveil the list of electricity thieves and defaulters of Sukkur and Hesco, there will be hue and cry”, he added.

Earlier, NAB was assigned the task to deal with the power defaulters in all power distribution companies but it failed to complete the task.

If Rangers succeed in completing the task successfully, then this model can be applied to other loss-making companies.    

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