Dark out­ages across the coun­try

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -


a few months of rel­a­tive relief, in­dus­trial and do­mes­tic con sumers are once again fac­ing the agony of fre­quent power out­ages crip­pling nor­mal busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties. This state of af­fairs is due to crim­i­nal neg­li­gence and in­ef­fi­ciency on the part of those who are sup­posed to per­form their du­ties sin­cerely and pro­vide un­in­ter­rupted sup­ply of elec­tric­ity to the coun­try­men.

We wish that the suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments had de­vised fu­tur­is­tic poli­cies be­cause it was pro­jected that the coun­try’s power re­quire­ments were in­creas­ing at 10% on an­nual ba­sis. Ev­ery gov­ern­ment in the past only paid at­ten­tion to keep it­self in power through what­ever means pos­si­ble and did not care for keep­ing the sys­tem march­ing ahead. The bu­reau­cracy which is re­spon­si­ble to plan and ex­e­cute en­ergy projects did not as­sert it­self and warned the then gov­ern­ments that in the years ahead, the coun­try would be wit­ness­ing dark out­ages be­cause the top heads of Min­istries and de­part­ments served as ‘yes men’ to save their po­si­tions and en­joy the perks and priv­i­leges. Had they as­serted for the grant of re­quired funds for power gen­er­a­tion projects in­stead of their wastages on un­nec­es­sary schemes, the coun­try would not have been in this sit­u­a­tion to­day. Any­how this gov­ern­ment though took cer­tain ini­tia­tives and rightly pri­ori­tised the is­sue by re­tir­ing the cir­cu­lar debt and launched mega projects but peo­ple are get­ting no relief de­spite in­crease in power tar­iff. It is shame­ful that a nu­clear pow­ered Pak­istan is strug­gling for en­ergy to keep the stoves burn­ing and a few bulbs on. What a pa­thetic scene?

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