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In an attempt to increase 20 per cent in power tariff, the crackdown against electricity theft and line losses will be launched in parts of Punjab in the first phase today (Friday).

Teams that include electricity department, law enforcement agencies and administrative personnel have been formed to impose fines on those involved in power theft.

Federal Minister for Energy, Umar Ayub has said that new system regarding the elimination of electricity theft is being introduced. He went on to say that stern action will be initiated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan and Sindh after Punjab.

The minister said the government has accumulated 900 million dollars to launch a mega programme for improving the damaged electricity system.

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