Task force being constituted for power sector issues: PM

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his serious concern over power theft in the country and swelling circular debt.

Chairing a briefing in Islamabad today (Wednesday) to review the issues relating to the power sector, he observed that bad governance, corruption and flawed policies worsened the situation.

The Prime Minister said that a task force is being constituted to work out a comprehensive strategy for addressing sectorial issues with special focus on improved governance, tariff rationalization and plugging various loopholes in power generation, transmission and the distribution system.

The Prime Minister said he would spearhead a comprehensive public awareness campaign to sensitize public and to garner their support for checking electricity theft and ensuring better management of the power sector.

Secretary Power Division Rizwan Memon briefed the Prime Minister about the issue of line losses and the circular debt which has touched 1.18 trillion rupees.

PM directs to chalk out comprehensive strategy to check corrupt practices of illegal money transfer & smuggling

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that promoting trade and facilitating business community are among the priority areas of the government.

He said this while chairing a meeting about functioning of Ministry of Commerce in Islamabad today (Wednesday).

The Prime Minister observed that there is a need to review the criteria for appointment and assessing the performance of the trade officers abroad so as to ensure that business community is properly facilitated.

Imran Khan directed that a comprehensive strategy should be worked out to check corrupt practices of illegal money transfers (hundi) and smuggling which are adversely affecting the national economy.