Cutting line losses

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Recently a campaign was launched against power theft on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan during which 36 thousand cases were registered, 5318 people were arrested and a little over one billion rupees were recovered which is unsatisfactory. The income of power distribution companies jumped by 121 billion rupees from October 2018 to June 2019 while line losses were reduced by 1.4 percent which should be improved. It is need of the hour that line losses must be brought to international level and recoveries must be improved to provide relief to the government which pays billions in subsidies.
Factually, existing laws have failed to contain electricity theft necessitating improvement in the system. Therefore, power companies have remained unsuccessful to demonstrate responsibility, therefore, police should be given powers to deal directly with power thieves while a reward system for the masses should also be introduced. So a system must be designed in a way so that police can take direct action against power stealers to discourage theft while keeping honest consumers insulated from harassment.
It is also a fact that the power sector cannot be improved with frequent upward revision in power tariff, therefore, theft must be stopped to tackle circular debt surpassing one trillion rupees. The constant increase in power price has taken a toll on masses and production hitting exports. The electricity worth billion is being wasted daily due to theft and line losses while honest consumers are burdened for it.

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