Islamabad, December 31, 2012 (PPI-OT): A nine member delegation led by Central Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Mr Ahsan Bashir called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at PM House this evening and discussed with him issues relating to power outages affecting the Textile industry.
Talking to the delegation, the Prime Minister said that no elected government can never think of annoying Textile industry which employs millions of families. Textile Industry, the Prime Minister said, is the backbone of our economy and one of the main exports of the country.
He wondered how it was possible that a political government could ignore the textile industry. “If it were to us we would not have allowed it to be closed for even an hour”, he added.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that he does not want to go into history of power generation but as the situation stands today there is gap between supply and demand. Every year on the occasion of canal closures, this gap widens. “We have to work together and share available power”, said the Prime Minister. Every effort will be made to ensure that no sector or section of the population is burdened unnecessarily, he assured.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf regretted that antagonists of the government blame it for not being able to even generate electricity according to the available capacity; which he said, was incorrect. The total installed capacity of electricity in Pakistan is 22000 MW which after derating and seasonal adjustments translates to 17000 MW of available power generation out of this the share of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation is 1500 MW and share of hydel power is 6500 MW, he added.
After detailed discussion, the Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Water and Power to ensure that electricity remains available to the textile industry so that wheels of economy keep moving.
The delegation thanked the Prime Minister for taking personal interest in the matter and his personal intervention for assuring that power would be available to the textile industry.
Mr Ahsan Bashir said that APTMA is thankful to the government for its pro-textile and business friendly policies which have helped the industry not only to recover but also to flourish during the last four years.
Those present during the meeting included Federal Ministers Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Ch Ahmad Mukhtar, Rana Muhammad Farood Saeed, Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr Asim Hussain and senior officials of the Ministries of Finance, Water and Power and Petroleum and Natural Resources.
The APTMA delegation included Khawaja Zahid, Mr Shehzad Ali Khan, Mr Gohar Ejaz, Mr Wisal A Monoo, Mr S.M. Imran, Syed Ali Ahsan, Sheikh Muhammad Akber and Mr Muhammad Asghar.
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