Rs50b corruption in rental power projects: Faisal Saleh Hayat

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government for details of all rental power projects and the details of what the public is being charged for electricity production.

During case proceedings today, Chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry sought details of how much electricity the rental power plants were supposed to provide, how much they were producing and what the government has paid them so far.

PML-Q leader Faisal Saleh Hayat accused the government of running the rental power projects for the sole purpose of money making.

Hayat said that the auditor general’s report has revealed corruption worth Rs 50 billion in the rental power projects.

He said that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had also pointed out corruption in the scheme, adding that the bank’s report is a charge sheet against the water and power minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.

The Chief justice enquired as to why no action was taken if the ADB report mentioned those responsible.

The Supreme Court has constituted a one-man commission to investigate high-level corruption and government negligence vis-à-vis Rental Power Projects (RPPs), and directed it to submit a report within four weeks.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry nominated Justice (retd) Rehmat Hussain Jaffri as head of the commission.

Of the 19 rental power projects (RPPs) that the government has committed to, only one has come online as scheduled, adding only 62 megawatts of electricity to the national grid compared to the planned 2,700MW, according to a report by the Auditor-General of Pakistan released earlier this year.

(Read: Rental power projects – Audit report reveals massive discrepancies)

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