The Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwar ul Haq Kakar presided over the review meeting regarding the reforms in the electricity sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the welfare of the families of the martyrs of the war against terrorism.
In the meeting, the Prime Minister was briefed about the ongoing operation to stop electricity theft. In this regard, PM Kakar appreciated the actions of the provincial administration, electricity distribution companies, WAPDA and the officials of the organizations taking part in the operation.
During this meeting, it was further informed of the progress on the payment of the revenue of the hydropower projects to the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. PM Kakar directed WAPDA to remove all obstacles in the way of this matter as soon as possible and ensure these payments on priority basis.
PM said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should ensure immediate payment of all arrears mainly related to Hydel projects. All unresolved issues between the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Central Power Purchasing Agency should be resolved soon.
The prime minister further said that it is the responsibility of the federation to ensure fair distribution of resources in all the provinces. The federal government will ensure the protection of the rights of the people of all provinces including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In the meeting, the Prime Minister was also briefed about the ongoing hydropower projects and the construction of water reservoirs across the country, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Prime Minister while giving instructions said that, “The construction of water reservoirs and hydropower projects in the country should be completed on a priority basis. Pakistan has been blessed by Allah Almighty with vast water resources which need to be improved. There should not be any interruption in the ongoing projects for better irrigation and low-cost and environment-friendly electricity.”
In the meeting, the Prime Minister was also briefed on the law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Prime Minister also issued instructions for the immediate payment of funds allocated for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regarding counter-terrorism.
In this regard, the Prime Minister said that, “The Martyrs’ Welfare Fund should be immediately distributed to the families of the martyrs. Martyrs sacrificed their lives for the survival and defense of the country. The families of those who were martyred in the war of terror are the benefactors of this nation, no delay in payment of the money allocated for their welfare will be tolerated.”