In response to rising public dissatisfaction, the government has initiated a plan called “Pakistan to Offer Bill Relief for Moderate Users.” Specifically targeting households that consume up to 300 units of electricity in October, this proposal is designed to ease the financial strain of high electricity bills, which have led to widespread protests and strikes. With this move, the temporary government aims to make electricity more affordable for the broader population.
So, how specifically will this help? The government is considering a reduction of approximately Rs 13,000 from a typical monthly electricity bill of approximately Rs 70,000. That is equivalent to a 20% discount on your bill, which represents a significant saving.
As the government negotiates with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to finalize the details, the initiative “Pakistan to Offer Bill Relief for Moderate Users” is still pending approval. The talks aim to establish a framework for assisting individuals with their electricity bills, a proposal that initially received lukewarm reception from the IMF.
Gov’t and IMF Talk Electricity Costs Amid Protests
Last week, the acting Finance Minister had an online discussion with an IMF expert about the high electricity expenses. The IMF requests that the government develop a thorough plan for lowering the cost of power as well as how it will raise the remaining funds. Although they haven’t yet requested that the government decrease costs, it appears that eventually, customers may be able to pay large bills in smaller sums.
People are actively voicing their frustrations across the country. While some are burning their utility bills in protest, others are blocking roads to demand lower electricity prices. The nation is eagerly awaiting the government’s next steps to address the issue.
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