Federal cabinet to seek nod from IMF to provide relief to power consumers
By News Desk
August 30, 2023 12:58 AM
The federal government has decided to contact the IMF to provide relief in the electricity bills for the power consumers in Pakistan, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.
Caretaker Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi said in a statement on Tuesday that the caretaker Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar is taking the IMF on board regarding the relief for the power consumers.
He confirmed that the caretaker finance minister is holding talks with the IMF. He added that the caretaker set up to get the IMF in confidence for making some decisions.
Solangi said that the caretaker government will make decisions regarding the electricity bills within a few hours after taking the IMF on board.
Earlier in the day, the federal cabinet failed to decide to provide relief on inflated electricity bills to the masses.
According to sources, the meeting headed by caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar concluded without taking any decision on providing relief on inflated electricity bills.
Sources said that in the federal cabinet briefing, it was discussed that the IMF agreement should be consulted on this matter as it is the main hurdle in giving relief to the masses on electricity bills.
On Monday, Energy Minister Muhammad Ali met the Caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Anwaar Ul Haq Kakar in which they discussed the overall situation after the nationals received inflated electricity bills. They held consultations on options to provide relief to the power consumers.
The caretaker premier summoned another session which was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Water and Power and power distribution companies.
On Sunday, Caretaker PM Anwaarul Haq Kakar gave a 48-hour deadline for the formation of a strategy amid mounting public outcry over electricity price hikes.