The Ministry of Housing and Works and the Chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) have been directed by the President’s Secretariat to collaborate in order to address the problem of unpaid electricity bills related to the supply of water to government employees’ residential apartments in Sector I-9/4 and other sectors. Following the Pak PWD’s decision to stop paying the electricity bills for motor pumps in June 2022, the President’s Secretariat issued these orders.

The Federal Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Works and the CDA chairman have been instructed by the President’s Secretariat to meet with two representatives of the complainants in order to swiftly address the matter. The instructions, dated April 14, 2023, mandate that the CDA chairman and Secretary of Housing and Works submit a compliance report to the Wafaqi Mohtasib within 30 days, with the compliance report due on May 14.

Chaudhry Amjad Ali, a representative of the welfare organisation for residents of government apartments, lodged a complaint with Wafaqi Mohtasib, who forwarded it to the secretary of housing and works and the CDA chairman to call a meeting and address the matter in accordance with the applicable policy regulations.

Umar Daraz, a different government worker who lives in the sector G-8/2 apartments, also voiced his displeasure with the circumstance and went to the President’s House. The complainants claimed that they are low-paid workers, with the majority working in BPS-02 to BPS-09, and that the agency (Pak PWD) installed the electricity metres for the water motors and paid the bills from the start, with the government deducting 5% maintenance fees from their pay. After June 2022, though, the agency stopped paying bills.

The Wafaqi Mohtasib issued an order on October 22, 2022, according to the President’s Secretariat, but the Agency failed to provide any information regarding the order that was made in accordance with the Mohtasib’s recommendations.

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