Committee established to look into power companies’ overcharging

 Committee established to look into power companies’ overcharging

secretary of the Power Division

WEBSITE DESK: The Power Division has formed an independent committee to thoroughly investigate the findings and legal implications in light of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority’s (Nepra) report, which charges distribution companies (Discos) of malpractice and overbilling in the provision of electricity. The Power Division expressed deep concern over this report.

The head of Nespak, a former executive of public sector power companies. And the former managing director of the National Transmission & Dispatch Company (NTDC) are among the important members of the recently established inquiry committee. Which is chaired by former power secretary Irfan Ali and appointed by the secretary of the Power Division.

Nepra’s investigation revealed that approximately 14 million domestic consumers nationwide billed for more than 30 days by power companies. With millions of others subjected to overbilling through various unfair practices.

Additionally, a significant number of consumers inaccurately charged due to defective metres.

Notably, this marks a significant development as it is the first instance where an administrative head of regulated entities or licensees has set up a committee to investigate the actions of a regulatory body concerning the performance of these entities.

Also Read: NEPRA report reveals scandal of overbilling

In a damning indictment of the power distribution companies (Discos), the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has uncovered a widespread scheme of malpractices that has resulted in billions of rupees defrauded from millions of consumers through excessive billing.

  • Discos intentionally manipulated billing cycles and issued bills with invalid snapshots to deprive consumers of subsidies.
  • Over 5.7 million Mepco consumers billed for more than a 30-day billing cycle in July 2023.
  • Thousands of consumers charged for over two months due to read more……….

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