Inquiry launched against PCRET

While snubbing the officials of the Pakistan Council of Renewable Technologies (PCRT) over their failure to produce 3,000 units of electricity per annum through solar energy, a parliamentary panel has asked the government to thoroughly probe the matter and share the findings with the parliamentary body.

The meeting of the subcommittee of Public Accounts Committee was held here under the chairmanship of Rana Mohammad Afzal to review and discuss the progress on the directives to the Ministry of Science and Technology over audit objections of 1999-2006.

The meeting was informed by the audit officials that Pakistan Council for Renewable Technologies started a project at Rs6.7 million to produce 3,000 units of electricity through solar energy but failed to achieve the target as it could only produce 300 units of electricity.

Responding to the audit objection, the officials of the PCRT told the panel that the entity was assigned to create awareness among the masses on the use of renewable energy and also to provide training to the masses. They added that to produce power from solar energy far-flung areas of the country were selected wherein the organization has successfully undertaken the project. The PCRT officials said that they are ready to share the details at any level.