USAID safety train­ing

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The United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment ( USAID) has fi­nal­ized a three­year safety train­ing pro­gramme for 9,000 lines­men of nine power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies across Pak­istan.

Start­ing from De­cem­ber, 620 lines­men of Hy­der­abad Elec­tric Sup­ply Com­pany ( Hesco) will re­ceive in­ten­sive safety train­ing. This will be repli­cated in other dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies later.

This as­sis­tance pro­gramme is part of the US govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to sup­port Pak­istan in re­form­ing the power sec­tor and help­ing power com­pa­nies im­prove their per­for­mance.

“Sta­tis­tics of deadly ac­ci­dents in dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies present a very grim pic­ture show­ing no sign of re­duc­tion, rather there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of ac­ci­dents over the last few years,” said Dick Dum­ford, Chief of Party of USAID Power Dis­tri­bu­tion Pro­gramme. More than 100 lines­men lost their lives in 2010- 11 which left mis­er­able ef­fects on their fam­i­lies and an equal num­ber was se­ri­ously in­jured or dis­abled.

The pro­gramme, be­ing con­ducted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Water and Power, is aimed at work­ing jointly with state- run power com­pa­nies to im­prove their per­for­mance in terms of re­duc­tion in losses and im­prove­ment in rev­enues and cus­tomer ser­vices

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