Staff Reporter :
The Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) has agreed to provide 6 hours power supply to agriculture tube wells in Balochistan. The growers’ action committee Balochistan called off the protest movement after assurance by QESCO.
The members of the committee held successful negotiations with chief minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan on Wednesday evening. A committee comprising Balochistan agriculture minister, Zamrak Achakzai, representatives of QESCO, growers and the energy department formed to prepare recommendations regarding growers issues.
The committee would also prepare recommendations about QESCO outstandings, installation of electricity meters and polarization of tube wells.
“This will help to restore trust between QESCO and growers”, Jam Kamal said. The power supply issue in Balochistan is sensitive and serious and it cannot be understood in Islamabad, the chief minister mentioned.
QESCO to provide electricity to tube wells
Government and state don’t see their profit and loss rather they frame policies that suit the interests of the masses. The CM directed the QESCO to ensure the provision of six hours power supply to tube wells for six hours. He said the issue of growers would be taken up with federal ministers Asad Umar and Omar Ayub.
The committee would hold its first meeting on September 4th in Quetta.
The growers’ action committee called off its protest movement after the QESCO assured provision of power supply. The growers in their meeting with the chief minister complained about unannounced load shedding and low voltage.
They demanded of the CM to direct the QESCO to ensure an uninterrupted power supply to agriculture tube wells in Balochistan. Low voltage and long hours of a load shedding of power supply have severely damaged standing crops in the province, the growers complained.
Jam Kamal however asked the growers’ action committee to make sure payment of outstandings of QESCO against agriculture tube wells. QESCO to provide electricity to tube wells