Gilgit - Baltistan

[Power Shortage] Illegal “special lines” being taken off

An official of the Electricity Department cutting off "special lines". Mon Digital/Pamir TImes

PT Report

Gilgit, January 12: Authorities have started cutting off “special” electricity lines, mostly reserved for the rich and influential including bureaucrats, to overcome the power shortage crisis.

The practice of awarding special lines to the favourites is an abhorrent action that adds to the sense of deprivation among the poor people. It also adds to the chasm that divides the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, resulting in creation of an unhealthy society.

Instead of cutting off lines at a later stage, the authorities need to ensure that resources, in the first place, get distributed equitably among all segments of the society.

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