The Express Tribune
Published Date: Sep 24, 2013
Energy crisis Broad-based reforms needed, say experts
During a discussion on Monday, experts termed bad
governance a threat to the stability and security of the country, said a
In a panel discussion on "Energy Governance in Pakistan," they
expressed concern over increasing inequality and the energy crisis and
were of the view that social justice and pro-poor policies were
mandatory for the country’s progress.
While suggesting the adoption of alternative models for the equitable
use of national resources like gas, Member Energy of the Planning
Commission Shahid Sattar said "The high subsidy on gas bills is a loss
of national wealth and causes disparity and injustice."
He added that as a part of a much-needed integrated energy policy,
Nepra should be made responsible for the management of power sector
instead of the Ministry for Water and Power. The fragmentation of
policy-level institutions was a major impediment in resolving the energy
crisis in the country, he added. "Circular debt cannot be controlled by
privatising the power sector."Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Executive Director Dr
Abid Qayum Suleri, while launching the fourth volume of the Sustainable
Policy Economic Bulletin, said Pakistan’s real problem depends on three
E’s — energy, economy and extremism.