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PTI protest’s fear compels NEPRA to retain power tariff

PTI protest’s fear compels NEPRA to retain power tariff

ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday decided to retain the electricity tariff at an average rate of Rs11.52 per unit against a tariff of Rs13.81 per unit suggested by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). The government decision is seemed to be heavily influenced by the announcement of PTI to stage protests against hike in power tariff.

The government decided to maintain the tariff for 2013-14 and keep it at current level. The government had recently has notified a 29 paisa per unit hike as equalisation surcharge which was offset with a reduction of 30 paisa per unit owing to fuel price adjustment resulting in zero impact on the consumers.

Further, the government said it has also decided to continue paying subsidy for domestic and agricultural consumers to lessen the burden of expensive energy mix in the power generation.

The decision has been taken by the Prime Minister to provide relief to the consumers specially the domestic consumers.