The new elected Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has ventured to mend all sorts of wrongdoings in the country’s institutions.
His main agenda during the election campaign was a corruption free Pakistan, and it is clear for all to see that he is doing everything in his power to make sure this threat is banished from the country once and for all. In this regard, it seems that he is going to take a firm grip on the people sitting on the exalted posts and the corrupt politicians in power, who have for so long either ignored or perpetrated malpractices in the country.
The Energy sector, in this regard, is paramount to be noted here. In-house corruption in energy sector is at its peak. The clerical staff — meter readers, linemen etc — have been involved in corruption as they are known to have asked for huge sums of money as bribes for even the smallest of problems.
The second fact which is noteworthy to highlight here is moral corruption on the part of people, especially those with some power. Some even go to the lengths of using hooks to steal electricity and create an environment of insecurity in the society. In addition to this, lights on public places occasionally remain on, even in bright day light and the concerned authorities turn a blind eye, as a result of which they exacerbate this already deteriorating situation.
In this Naya Pakistan, keen attention should be given to the energy sector and its malaises. A watchdog board should be constituted which could keep a sharp eye on all the people who engage in malpractice who are a threat to the sector and the country as a whole. In this regard, punitive measures should be taken strictly by the concerned departments, and wrongdoers must be prosecuted at any cost.
Published in Daily Times, September 12th 2018.