Electricity consumers to bear Rs700b burden

By: News Desk      Published: 01:16 AM, 26 Mar, 2021
Electricity consumers to bear Rs700b burden

Electricity consumers are being made bear Rs700 billion additional burden as the federal government is empowered to impose a surcharge. 

In two years, the government can increase electricity price up to Rs5 per unit. The government will be able to charge a 10% surcharge on electricity bills and got Rs140 billion on electricity bills. The freehand was given after all set to enforce the Nepra laws amendment act. 

The act drew opposition’s ire.  PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb chided PM Imran Khan for failure to provide the people with relief. She called him a liar and said Imran is the prime minister who is ‘robbing the nation with ordinances’. PPP Senate Sherry Rehman slams the government over the acts complying with the IMF directives.

“New ordinance will give the right to Nepra [National Electric Power Regulatory Authority] to bypass even cabinet and keep hiking electricity prices on IMF’s orders. Rs884b will be collected from consumers at a whopping Rs5.6 tariff hike in a series of new charges taking electricity bills up by 36pc minus taxes,” she tweeted.