ISLAMABAD (October 27, 2011) : Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government for details of all rental power projects and the details of what the public is being charged for electricity production.
During case proceedings today, Chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry sought details of how much electricity the rental power plants were supposed to provide, how much they were producing and what the government has paid them so far.
PML-Q leader Faisal Saleh Hayat accused the government of running the rental power projects for the sole purpose of money making.
Hayat said that the auditor general’s report has revealed corruption worth Rs 50 billion in the rental power projects.
He said that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had also pointed out corruption in the scheme, adding that the bank’s report is a charge sheet against the water and power minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.
The Chief justice enquired as to why no action was taken if the ADB report mentioned those responsible.
The Supreme Court has constituted a one-man commission to investigate high-level corruption and government negligence vis-à-vis Rental Power Projects (RPPs), and directed it to submit a report within four weeks.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry nominated Justice (retd) Rehmat Hussain Jaffri as head of the commission.
Of the 19 rental power projects (RPPs) that the government has committed to, only one has come online as scheduled, adding only 62 megawatts of electricity to the national grid compared to the planned 2,700MW, according to a report by the Auditor-General of Pakistan released earlier this year.
(Published in “Express Tribune”)
Faisal Saleh Hayat said that IPPs may generate 6,000 MW power but government is incompetent.
The masses have been trapped by the agony of self created loadshedding.
Islamabad (October 27, 2011) – Supreme Court’s bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is conducting hearing of the suo motu case regarding rental power projects.
Faisal Saleh Hayat, while arguing, said that the country had to face loadshedding from 18 to 20 hours; when the people come to the streets, loadshedding was finished.
He raised the question that from where this electric power came into being. The government started work on power projects in hurry without keeping in view it consequences, adding that the Ministry of Water and Power misguided the federal cabinet.
Justice Chaudhry remarked, “You are a minister in the cabinet, so you should raise the issue in the cabinet.” At this Faisal Hayat said that he has some compulsions, due to which, he can’t not take a bold step.
He vowed that he would expose all the corruption in the next session of the cabinet.
(Published in Dunya News TV Website)