A special meeting of the federal cabinet has approved several measures to curb the current power crisis which has affected the country’s economic activities to a great extent, according to sources.


The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani discussed a number of recommendations, including two weekly offs, early closure of businesses and other measures to improve power load management in the country.


The special committee on energy headed by Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh briefed the meeting on the current situation.


The cabinet decided to introduce two weekly holidays in government offices.


However, the government stopped its implementation until provinces approve it through the forum of the Council for Common Interests.


Sources close to the meeting said that the two offs would not apply to key branches of the country’s main banks to ensure that the business activities continue.


The cabinet also decided to issue warnings to big defaulters to clear their electricity dues in 45 days or else prepare to face suspension of their respective power supplies.


However, the warning spares domestic consumers who use less than 100 units of electricity per month.


Other measures approved by the meeting included closure of marriage halls at 10 p.m. across the country and encouraging the use of energy savers instead of bulbs.