Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says the government accords top priority to minimising  load-shedding. 

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said the government has paid Rs 20 billion to Independent Power Producers (IPP) last week to increase power generation. 

Abid Sher Ali said the government is committed to rehabilitate power plants and upgrade the transmission lines to enhance power capacity.

To a question, Abid Sher Ali said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has issued orders to make operational all closed power plants as soon as possible to address the energy crisis on war footing. 

The minister said the government has taken several steps to improve the condition of government entities, including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Pakistan Steel Mills and Pakistan Railways.

Replying to another question, he said the government has reduced the prices of petroleum products and electricity.

Regarding the next budget, Abid Sher Ali said the government will announce the people-friendly budget by giving relief to the poor people.

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