PM orders to reduce power load-shedding on urgent footings

PM orders financial assistance for farmers affected by crop burning

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday expressed his annoyance over the prolonged load-shedding duration causing public woes and directed for its conspicuous reduction till next month.

The prime minister also directed for taking of steps to reduce power glitches on emergency basis. The prime minister said that neither fuel was purchased by the former government nor power units were repaired. Imran Khan’s government had closed the power units which were set up by their government to generate low-cost electricity. Instead, the previous government had utilized those low power generation units which supplied expensive power and due to this injustice, the nation had to pay the heavy price in the shape of Rs100 billion every month.

The prime minister said an LNG carrying ship which cost Rs6 billion, now priced at Rs20 billion and the nation had to pay more than Rs500 billion this year due to such injustice done by Imran Khan’s government. Expressing his resolve to provide relief to the public, he said that neither he would sit idle nor let anyone rest till the resolution of the issue. He said that all possible efforts should be made to save the citizens from the discomfort created by the criminal negligence of the former government and directed the authorities concerned to make temporary arrangements till the provision of oil and gas. Nawaz Sharif’s government had generated the surplus power, but Imran’s government failed to add a new single unit, he added. With destruction of energy sector, he said, a conspiracy was hatched to deliver a fatal blow to the economy of Pakistan.   Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Sunday ordered financial assistance for farmers affected by the damage to their standing crops in Sialkot due to a firing incident.

He directed the Punjab government to immediately give assistance cheques to the farmers whose 90,000 kilogrammes worth of wheat crop was burnt. The incident of burning of crops occurred on April 23 at Bela Pull Bajwan in Bijot sector. Wheat crop on 77 acres area was burnt affecting 15 farmers.

According to investigation, the fire was ignited due to a fault in a harvesting machine. The fire further expanded when it engulfed a reserve of 80 liters diesel and the fire brigade could not timely reach due to the 32 kilometers distance. However, the fire brigade did manage to control the fire and stop further damage to the standing crops. Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday visited Kot Lakhpat jail and announced a reduction in jail sentences of the prisoners across the country by two months.

The prime minister also directed for the constitution of a committee headed by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah that would formulate a comprehensive strategy for the provision of basic facilities to the jail inmates, besides making improvements in the overall system. Relevant officials from the four provinces would be included in the committee. On the occasion, the prime minister observed that it was the responsibility of the government to ensure that a prisoner, after his release from jail, should become an efficient citizen of society. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced to reduce prisoners’ sentences all over the country, by two months on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr and also to bring perks of Jail Officers and Staff at par that of Police. He made this announcement during a visit to Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore on Sunday. Shahbaz Sharif also announced the formation of a Jail Reforms Committee, headed by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, to evolve a comprehensive strategy to facilitate prisoners and overall improvement of the Jail system. He said that the Committee will include Chief Secretaries of all provinces, Jail authorities, education prisoners and their relatives.

He also specially directed the authorities of Kot Lakhpat jail to utilize all the available resources in an effective manner to meet the basic requirements of jail inmates. In this regard, the prime minister directed for further improvement in dining and health facilities of prisoners. He also asked for effective use of skill development resources, so that prisoners could spend time in jail in a positive manner and adequately gear up for playing an effective role in society after completion of their jail terms. Later, the prime minister also visited Ramazan Bazaar set upon in Johar Town and issued direction for ensuring the provision of edible items at low prices. Later, Prime Minister made an unannounced visit to a Ramadan Bazaar in Johar Town area of the city. He directed to ensure provision of daily use items to the public at cheaper rates during Holy month of Ramadan.

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