Senate Standing Committee on power in its meeting on Tuesday has asked Power Division to ensure that any and all recruitment against vacant posts from sanctioned strength in future be done in avoidance with provincial quota in all DISCOs of the country. The Committee directed that this adherence to prescribed quota should be observed for all scales and all types of jobs in the Distribution Companies.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Fida Muhammad here at the Parliament House on Tuesday and was attended among others by Senators Mushahidullah Khan, Muhammad Akram, Molve Faiz Muhammad, Muhammad Ali Shah jamot, Moula Bux Chandio, Ahmed Khan, Secretary Power, Joint Secretary Power, CEOs OF discos and other officials.
The Committee was given detailed briefing on repair and maintenance of transformers by all DISCOs from government workshops and private sector. The Committee sought details as to why private sector was approached despite the presence of Transformer Reclamation Workshops of WAPDA. It was told that the capacity of the WAPDA workshops sometimes cannot accommodate the huge members of damaged transformers especially in the summer season and private sector is approached only when the number exceeds that capacity. Secretary Power assured the Committee members that all PPRA rules are followed when involving private companies and transparency is ensured by thorough inspection and third party monitoring.
The Committee defined the matter of composition, selection criteria, scope of responsibilities and effectiveness of BOG of DISCOs so as to study the working paper in detail. The Committee was also given details about the Pehur Hydropower Project and Malakend-III Hydropower project.