Saturday, 21 July 2012

USAID team discusses aid with Fesco

A high-profile team led by of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Director of Energy Melissa Knight visited the Fesco Headquarters and discussed the assistance, provided under the power distribution programme, with the Fesco senior officers.
USAID team discusses aid with Fesco
USAID team discusses aid with Fesco

The discussion centred around a work plan for USAID’s assistance to the Fesco in the fields of finance, engineering and operations, human resource capacity building and training, commercial management and customer services improvement under the USAID Power Distribution Programme. Fesco CEO Iftikhar Ahmed presided over the meeting. The three-year power distribution programme was announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 as one of the US efforts to support the Pakistan government to reform the power sector to mitigate the current energy crisis.

The programme is helping government-owned electric power distribution companies (Discos) improve their commercial performance in reducing losses, increasing revenues, and improving customer services by introduction of new technology and improved work practices.

Addressing the meeting, Fesco CEO Iftikhar Ahmed said that institutions were imperative for strong economy and the Fesco officers should exploit their potentialities to strengthen the corporate identity. He said that the energy crisis demanded from all engineers, officers and officials to make dedicated efforts in their individual capacity to resolve the crisis. He directed the operation staff to disconnect all connections with non-payment of two months. He also asked the superintending engineers (SEs) of four circles – First, Second, Jhang and Sargodha – to visit their divisions and provide guidelines to executive engineers and junior engineers in the light of their experience.

Chief Engineer Technical Sheikh Akhtar Hussain said that the number of clients in various sub-divisions of four circles had increased up to 35,000, which was a problem not only for the department but was also for the consumers. He proposed a new division by dividing existing big and unmanageable sub-divisions of the second circle. He added that two divisions could be created in Jhang circle and 10 new sub-divisions in Sargodha circles to improve their efficiency and control line losses. He said that a call centre was being established for redressing the consumers’ complaints. Fesco general manager Ghazanfar Ali Khan Baloch, Chief Commercial Officer Khurshid Alam, Additional Chief Engineer CS Ghulam Rasool, Chief Engineer Operations Zafar Abbas Bukhari and Director General Human Resources Mian Shahzad Raza were also present.

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