Naqvi vows to curb power theft, prevent overbilling 

Naqvi vows to curb power theft, prevent overbilling 

Lahore (Web Desk/Agencies): Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Monday said that the government is taking concrete steps to curb power theft and overbilling in power distribution companies.

Addressing a press conference at the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) regional office in Lahore, the minster said that overbilling of 830 million electricity units has been detected in Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) only.

This over billing was done in government offices, industry and even to a common man who consumed only 300 units.

Naqvi said that he had talked to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in this regard and he had assured that no pressure in this regard would be tolerated and extend full support to FIA to overcome this issue.

To a question, he said that there would be no political pressure in FIA.

The federal minister said that campaign against over billing would continue till this practice come to an end and steps against over billing would be taken across the country.

He said that as far as cyber side was concerened huge revamping would be carried out in FIA on cyber side.

Recruitment process on vacant posts in FIA would be completed, he added.

He said that work against power theft was being carried out on a massive scale but still a lot more had to be done in this regard.

The interior minister said that steps to overcome power theft in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) would be taken with the support of the Ministry of Power.

Naqvi said that steps were being taken to increase counters at the Lahore Airport so that time taking immigration process could be made easier for people.

The interior minister said that he had also talked to Federal Aviation Minister Khawaja Asif in this regard, adding that electronic gates would be introduced so that passport scanning process could be done without immigration officer.

About human trafficking, Mohsin Naqvi said that a lot of work was being carried out to stop it but more efforts were required in this regard.

Regarding question about Amir Tamba, he said that investigation was underway in this regard.

Responding to a query, the minister said that Karachi police and Sindh Police were working aggressively against street crimes in Karachi.

Meanwhile, the interior minister urged that there should be laws which could help to stop improper use of social media.