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Pakistan

Ministry of Energy finalises recommendations on electricity bills

  • The proposals will be presented in cabinet meeting tomorrow (Tuesday)
  • Protests over inflated power bills continue for fourth day
Published August 28, 2023

The Ministry of Energy has finalised recommendations on electricity bills to be submitted to the Federal Cabinet tomorrow [Tuesday] for approval, state-run Radio Pakistan reported on Monday.

Amid countrywide protests over inflated power bills, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar convened a high-level huddle on Sunday to mull relief measures, where he directed the finance and energy ministries to formulate a plan within the next 48 hours.

Road to urgent resolution of the power tariff crisis

According to details, the energy ministry held a high-level meeting in Islamabad on Monday to finalise proposals over the matter.

The proposals will be presented in the cabinet meeting being held tomorrow (Tuesday) to finalise a relief plan for the consumers.

The cabinet will take a final decision over the matter.

Protests over exorbitant electricity bills

Protests, erupted across the country on higher July power bills, continued for fourth straight day.

In line with commitments with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the previous PDM-led government had hiked the power tariff, adding to the ordeal of the common man who was already having a hard time in making both ends meet.

As the protests over power bill increases spread, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar called an urgent meeting on Sunday, seeking input to formulate a relief plan for the power consumers. During the meeting, the interim prime minister gave 48 hours to his cabinet, especially to finance and energy ministers, to collaborate and formulate a plan that could provide relief to the masses.

“The Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Finance have been assigned the responsibility to collaborate and formulate an action plan to provide relief to the public in their electricity bills,” Kakar wrote on X (formerly Twitter) after the huddle.

He also sought a detailed report on free electricity units being provided to different government employees.

“Immediate measures will be taken in government offices to reduce electricity usage. Consultations will also be held with all provinces. The caretaker government, staying within its mandate, will make prompt efforts to provide as much relief as possible to the people,” the interim prime minister said.

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SAMIR SARDANA Aug 28, 2023 11:47pm
1ST TARGET THE GOVTT FREE POWER USER THEN THOSE WHO PAY A FLAT BILL IRRESPECTIVE OF ACTUAL POWER USED IN THE GOVTT THEN THE CASES OF THOSE WHO HAVE NOT PAID POWER BILLS FOR MONTHS (WHY IS THEIR LINE NOT CUT ON DAY 21 AFTER DUE DATE) IN THE RETAIL THEN THOSE IN POWER THEFT (WHY IS THEIR LINE NOT CUT ON DAY 11 AFTER DETECTION) I RETAIL THEN THOSE LT AND HT USERS WHO HAVE NOT PAID POWER BILLS FOR MONTHS - TELL THEM TO SHIFT TO DIESEL GENERATORS RETAIL POWER TARRIFFS SHOULD BE FIXED BY PUBLIC HEARINGS,WITH ALL THE DISCO DATA PLACED IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN .SAMIR SARDANA
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Elibux Aug 29, 2023 05:40am
@Moni, the generals are pushing country into a civil war just to save their skins...
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