PESCO Employees Protest in Abbottabad against takeover decision to KPK Govt
Abbottabad (Thursday, January 2, 2014) – Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) if part of WAPDA for distributing of electricity throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Last month KPK government of PTI demanded full control of company to curb the power theft in province. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also approved the summery for giving control to KPK government.
Now Employees of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) organised a rally on Wednesday in protest against the provincial government’s potential takeover of Pesco.
The demonstration started from Pesco divisional headquarters in Abbottabad. Employees of all levels boycotted work and participated in the march, carrying placards against “the privatisation of Pesco” and “the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government’s demand to take over” the supply company.
The protesters reached Abbottabad Press Club where a union leader, Jamil Akhtar, condemned the move. “The federal government’s decision of giving control of Pesco to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s government will expose thousands of employees to administrative and fiscal problems,” said Akhtar.
The provincial rulers do not have prior experience or the capacity to take over such a big organisation, especially its generation and distribution apparatus, claimed the union leader.
Zahid, another union leader, claimed if the takeover transpires, Pesco employees will launch large-scale protests.
(News Report Published in Daily Express Tribune Website on 2/1/2014)