PM postpones advancement of clocks from April 1st

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf has deferred the decision to advance clock by one hour from April 1st and has left the matter up to the parliament.

The government had earlier announced enforcement of daylight savings time from 1st April to conserve energy.

Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly on Friday, the prime minister said that that the government will not enforce the daylight saving time if the house was not satisfied with the decision. He said that we would honour the decision of the Parliament in this regard.

The prime minister said that the Cabinet last year decided to move the clock forward by one hour from April 1 (till October 31) in order to mitigate power shortage.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that last year 250 MW electricity had been saved by moving clock forward by one hour which is crucial in power crisis. He admitted that unannounced load shedding is on in the country due to burden on the system. Unannounced load shedding will be ended with the improvement of water situation, he added.

On Thursday, a notification was issued here said: “In pursuance of the decision of the federal government (April 8, 2009), it is notified for the information of general public that watches and clocks be advanced by an hour from April 1 to October 31 to mitigate the power shortages”.

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