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CM Balochistan Meeting With Ahsan Iqbal

Islamabad: A high-level meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal was held in Islamabad today to discuss issues of the agriculture and electricity sector impeding the well-being of people in Balochistan. It was attended by Federal Minister for Energy Sardar Owais Leghari, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, and Secretary Power, along with top federal and provincial officials. Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal affirmed to expedite the conversion process of agricultural tube wells to solar energy in Balochistan.

“The well-being of the people of Balochistan is our priority. All resources are being utilized to ensure timely completion of federal development projects in Balochistan,” stated the Planning minister. Chief Minister Safraz Bugti discussed the severe difficulties faced by farmers as a result of the electricity shortage in the province. “Improving power transmission and supply is imperative for the agriculture sector”, Sarfaraz Bugti stated. Highlighting the need to adopt alternative energy sources to ensure electricity supply, he suggested that solar energy harvesting and solar tube wells can improve

the agriculture sector. He further assured that the provincial government is aware of its responsibility to remove hurdles facing farmers in the province. “Stopping electricity theft is the responsibility of all of us. Our government will ensure measures to stop electricity theft,” the chief minister stated. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal advised the Power Division and the Provincial Government of Balochistan to prepare a road map and strategy for transferring underground tube wells to solar energy and implement

t soon. Moreover, he instructed the key officials during the meeting to start an awareness campaign to educate the public on electricity theft. Electricity theft and non-payment of bills ions in power generation and tran disruptionssmission. Instructing relevant departments to take strict measures against people involved in electricity theft, the Minister said, “Electricity theft and non-payment of bills are major causes of load shedding; legal action should be taken against electricity thieves.”

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