National approach to resolve power crisis: Sethi
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi on Wednesday said that loadshedding was a national issue and the entire nation, including the government, would get rid of this problem by adopting a national approach.
He expressed these views while talking to the office bearers and members of Executive Committee, led by President APNS Sarmad Ali who called on him at Chief Minister’s Secretariat here.
Talking with the APNS members, the chief minister said the load shedding was causing loss to agriculture and industrial sectors. In his personal capacity he had not only taken effective steps at the government level for reducing load shedding but also met with the President of Pakistan so that he could use his personal influence for ensuring provision of resources to reduce load shedding, he added.
Sethi said that he had also met the Prime Minister, the Federal Minister for Water and Power and the Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources so that concrete measures could be taken to reduce load shedding and get the people relief.
The CM said that he had also met delegations of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry, all Pakistan Textile Mills Association, prominent industrialists and traders so that all stake holders could be taken into confidence regarding the steps taken by the Punjab government to save electricity and reduce the duration of loadshedding. He appealed to the APNS, the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors and representatives of media to play their due role for solving this national issue.
The CM also discussed the difficulties facing newspaper industry, peaceful and transparent conduct of elections and load-shedding problem on the occasion. Various proposals to provide relief to the people facing load-shedding were also discussed in the meeting. Secretary Information Amjad Hussain was also present.
He said that ban on the use of air-conditioners in government offices before 11:00 am had been imposed whereas orders had been issued to switch off extra lights. He disclosed that a coordinated action plan had been evolved in this regard which was being implemented strictly. Najam Sethi said that the government should first serve as role model for saving electricity and then appeal to the masses for cooperation.
APNS office-bearers, while speaking on the occasion, said that no political party had raised objection to the appointment of Najam Sethi as caretaker chief minister which was a proof of his impartiality and excellent qualities. The delegation also assured full cooperation to the chief minister in providing relief to the people facing load-shedding and holding transparent and peaceful general elections. Source The News