Privatisation of power distribution companies
THE agenda by the vested interests to destroy the strong and illustrious infrastructure of Wapda, built through the untiring efforts of engineers, is nearing completion. The earning institution of the state is converted into a liability on the shoulders of the state with more than 15 years day-to-day disdainful exercise.
First, the power wing was skilfully made dependent on independent power producers (IPPs) and rental power stations to divert the hard-earned revenue collected from the poor nation towards their few blue-eyed agents with the sole aim to paralyse and cripple the financial position of Wapda.
This step was considered important to impede the future projects of enhancing the generation, transmission and distribution capabilities of Wapda due to the paucity of finances putting the future progress and prosperity of the nation at stake.
Second, the strong and invulnerable power wing was brutally unbundled into different distribution and generation companies purposely to destroy and weaken the backbone of Wapda and also shattering the very unity and solidarity of the country.
Third, the distribution companies were heavily indebted to foreign donors’ agencies deliberately to expose the self-made weak financial position of the distribution companies.
Fourth, scandalous efforts were made cleverly to tease and punish the nation through direful and unprecedented lengthy durations of loadshedding, thus destroying the routine life, commercial and industrial activities of the public in order to create hatred and enmity amongst the public against power distribution companies.
Fifth, the nation was squeezed and devitalised by subjecting it to the painful situation of heavy and unaffordable exorbitant tariff with the nefarious objective to weaken their financial position pushing them into self-inflicted crises. The responsible class of the nation, the parliamentarians, the engineering community of Discos and civil society have a national and moral obligation to take notice of this state of devastating situation and prevent privatisation of the state-owned Discos. The examples of privatisation of organisations like the PTCL and KESC are sufficient not to repeat the same mistake.
IBRAHIM DAD KHATTAK