Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has reiterated that the Government is determined to create business-friendly environment through economic incentives to encourage investment in all sectors so as to bring about economic stability leading to job creation and prosperity.
The Government’s privatization policy, he added, is geared towards improved service delivery on cost effective basis. This approach, he said, would extend appropriate opportunities to the private sector in improving their business and commercial benchmarks as well as customer’s satisfaction. The Government, he mentioned, would also continue to support public-private partnership in all sectors to improve the quality of goods and services.
The Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a high level meeting convened to look into KESC (Karachi Electricity Supply Corporation) issue, here at the Prime Minister’s House this afternoon.
After elaborate discussion on the issues facing KESC, the Prime Minister gave the following directions: –
i) The Federal and Provincial Governments should ensure complete protection to KESC’s installations, offices and personnel for the smooth supply of electricity to the citizens of Karachi.
ii) A committee comprising of representatives of key stakeholders be constituted to deliberate upon labour related issues of KESC and find solutions to the problems in the minimum possible time.
iii) The KESC management should make all-out efforts to improve the supply of electricity to the citizens of Karachi and resolve related matters in this regard.
Earlier Mr. Naveed Qamar, Minister for Water and Power, briefed the meeting on the current electricity supply situation in Karachi and labour related problems of KESC.
Mr. Farooq Sattar, Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, in his remarks stressed for early resolution of electricity supply situation since it has started affecting the commercial and industrial sector of Karachi.
Dr. Hafeez A. Sheikh, Minister for Finance, asked for solving the KESC issues at the earliest keeping in view the overall business environment throughout the country.
Mr. Rehman Malik, Minister for Interior while explaining the law and order situation arising out of KESC affairs, proposed to take all stakeholders including political forces on board for early settlement of the issues.
The meeting was attended by the Chairman, NEPRA, Secretary Water and Power, Chief Secretary Sindh and senior officials.
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