Govt to Handover Loss-Making DISCOs to Pakistan Army to Curb Electricity Theft

The government has decided to give up control of Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to the Pakistan Army and agencies to increase recovery of electricity bills and combat power theft.

A serving brigadier will take charge of Performance Monitoring Units (PMUs) in each DISCO, with support from Federal Investigation Agency and Intelligence Bureau officials tasked with identifying dishonest individuals both within DISCOs and those involved in electricity theft. The officials would have full authority to act, reported The News.

The Power Division has opted to first enforce the new plan at Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) on a trial basis.

As of September 6, 2023, the overall loss in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan, and Islamabad DISCOs was 79 billion units or Rs. 100 billion out of Rs. 3,044 billion in expected bills. Meanwhile, losses surged to 60 percent at DISCOs supplying electricity in Peshawar, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Quetta, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Notably, the situation at HESCO, SEPCO, QESCO, and TESCO is relatively worse, therefore the plan is to appoint a serving brigadier and FIA/IB personnel as supporting staff at each PMU. HESCO has been designated as a pilot project to expedite the recovery plan.

  • That’s great news. Not only power supply companies but also city administration should be monitored by army and public collaboration to curb environmental disaster, mismanagement, pollution, hectic traffics, parking and recovery of green belts and parks. Whole of Pakistan should look like beautiful cantonments.

  • Why keep ploy of interim and elected civilian governments as front face for Army rule behind the scenes? Just hand over government officially to Army too.

    Incompetence every step of the way.

  • It is evident that in electricity loss areas most of the meter reader gets money from consumer on monthly basis to reduce their electricity bill

  • The free units of SNGPL employees should be discontinued forthwith. Because the units they consume are paid by other Pakistani general public. These employees are getting higher pay and emoluments as compared to the employees of other Departments. Otherwise these employees should be quicked and unemployed qualified persons should be employed.

  • The government/ semi govt departments should also be taken task for non payment of energy bills.

  • Army khud chor hy. Yeh Kia kry gii bijlii chorri control.. Mera village nougran jhelum Punjab Mai yeh firing k Lia jb aty hy th direct wapda ki lines per qundy lagty hy. JB Keh inco generator and fulel milta hy woh yeh ceos or birgadir Ghar lay jaty hy

  • The expreiment of appointing army officers in Descos to control losses may result in bringing some temporary relief. However, this not solution. There should be some procedural changes to tackle the situation.Dishonest company employee add fuel to fire of theft. Ensure honesty of Desco staff, losses will decrease.

  • Disco employees are granted free units. Most of them not only avail the luxury but also steal more of the energy.
    On the other hand consumers who honestly pay the electricity bill & are not involved in the theft are subject to detection charges. Genuine complaints against increased bills get nowhere . At the most consumer is given relief to pay the so called detection charges in installments .

  • Privatization, public-private partnership, prepaid electricity.

    There are many ways world is handling these issues. So let’s learn from examples. It is a global issue.

  • This shows electric companies failed to catch corruption.The electric companies don’t catch corrupt people out of the department.Our all problems are with corruption., braking the law.How a politician’s Mill’s heavy electric bill was put on installment of 50 years!!!.Can a lay man get such a big favor.??Is it possible without the permission of Wapda officials.??.To control corruption is police,
    Then anti corruption department then law,then NAB.We can’t control until we have fear of Allah.

  • Pakistan Army Ka kaam aur hae kya, awaam per hukoomat kerna Adleeya KO zaer e nageen kerna aur mulk K ilaqay dushman KO daena😪

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