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Vol. 4 Num 62 Sun. July 27, 2003  
   
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JS body to review power sector errs
3-member watchdog to check pilferage, fake billing


The Public Undertaking Committee of the Jatiya Sangsad will review all irregularities, problems and prospects of the power sector and recommend necessary actions.

The committee decided this at its first meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Power Division yesterday formed a three-member surveillance body to check electricity pilferage, fake billing as well as to ensure better customer service in the capital and its adjoining areas, BSS reported quoting official sources.

The members of the committee will pay surprise visits to any residence or institutions in areas under the jurisdiction of Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) and Dhaka Electricity Supply Company (Desco) to verify conformity between the electricity bill and readings in meter. It will also identify illegal connections.

In case of inconsistencies, the body is empowered to act against the officials concerned, meter readers and house owners, an official of the Power Division said.

State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood gave the directive to the chiefs of the Desa and Desco at a meeting at his office yesterday.

Sources at the Public Undertaking Committee meeting said the body will ask heads of all the organisations in the power sector to attend its next meeting and submit reports on their activities. In case of irregularities, it will suggest to the ministry concerned to take action.

"We will review all activities including irregularities of the Power Development Board, Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority, Dhaka Electricity Supply Company and Rural Electrification Board. If necessary, several sub-committees will be formed to work on these organisations,'' said Alamgir Mohammad Mahfuzullah Farid, a BNP member of the committee.

Some committee members suggested the meeting reviewed activities of the Water and Sewerage Authority. But the committee opted to work on the power sector first considering the power crisis.

"The committee also asked the comptroller and auditor general to report to it irregularities found in different organisations in the power sector. The committee will then recommend to the ministry concerned actions against those responsible," said Rustam Ali Farazi, another BNP member of the committee.

Committee Chairman and BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim chaired yesterday's meeting. It was attended by Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Majibar Rahman Sarwar, Shamsul Islam Khan, Rustam Ali Farazi, Alamgir Mohammad Mahfuzullah Farid, Abul Kalam Azad and Salahuddin Ahmed -- all from the BNP.