Fuel adjustment charges not abolished, just deferred, clarifies minister
Khurram Dastgir says power consumers using up to 300 units have to pay FAC in a period between Oct and March: Govt wants to ditch powerhouses producing electricity on imported fuel
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Addressing a presser in Islamabad on Wednesday, the energy minister cleared the air regarding the abolition of FAC from the power tariff of those consumers who use up to 300 electricity units. He said that the fuel price adjustment was only deferred for these consumers, not abolished. Now they could pay the FAC in a period between October and March.
He said government was trying to give relief to people belonging to low income strata. We are making policies considering our financial constraints, he added.
During his visit to Sohbatpur district in Balochistan today, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced continuation of government’s facility in September to waive off fuel adjustment charges for electricity consumers using up to 300 units across the country.
He said the facility would be extended beyond the flood-affected areas, benefitting around 210 million consumers in the country.
Dastgir maintained that government wanted to complete solar, coal and hydro power projects as soon as possible which could bring down the production cost of electricity.
He said that the government would install solar power projects in rural areas and government buildings would also be run on solar power.
He said that the first 600MW power project would be presented before the investors. The one who gives the lowest bid, will get the project, he added.
The energy minister ensured that government would not set up power houses which produce electricity on imported fuel.