Amid Poor performance, PM Advises Dissolution Of PCRET
The PM has advised dissolution of the PCRET due to its subpar performance, according to sources with knowledge of the development.
As a result of the Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies’ (PCRET) subpar efforts to promote renewable energy in the nation, the Prime Minister has recommended dissolution of the organisation, it was learned on Wednesday.
The PM has advised dissolution of the PCRET due to its subpar performance, according to sources with knowledge of the development. They cited the PCRET’s 22-year history and noted how it had not succeeded in promoting renewable energy in the nation.
The sources stated that “the PCRET is adjudged to have failed to deliver on its responsibilities envisaged for its establishment,” and they added that following the PM’s advice, it has been decided to transfer assets owned by the PCRET to the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
They asserted that the nation’s exchequer has suffered significant losses as a result of the country’s failure to promote renewable energy. The sources added, “While PCRET could not utilise the renewable potential, there is enormous renewable energy potential available in the country that can be utilised for industrial growth to overcome the energy shortage.
Despite the fact that PCRET has created technologies to harness the power of wind, biogas, and solar energy, sources said that the organisation’s contributions to helping the government overcome its energy crisis are minimal.
The committee, headed by Dr. Jahanzeb Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Government Effectiveness, reportedly finished the preliminary task because PCRET’s subpar performance prevented the promotion of renewable energy.
According to a copy of a Cabinet Division office memo dated March 27, 2023, a committee meeting convened on the topic of “Dissolution of the Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) and Transfer of Assets to the Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR)” was held on March 28 at 10 a.m. in Committee Room No. 2060, with SAPM Dr. Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan in the chair.
The National Institute of Silicon Technology (NIST) and the Pakistan Council for Appropriate Technologies (PCAT) merged to form the Pakistan Council of Renew Energy Technologies. For coordinating R&D and marketing initiatives for various renewable energy technologies, it is the leading institution in the nation.