The interim administration is poised to grant a reprieve to electricity consumers utilizing up to 300 units per month, slashing their power bills by Rs3,000.
Government insiders revealed that individuals with monthly bills between Rs60,000 and Rs70,000 are set to benefit from a substantial Rs13,000 decrease.
This initiative aligns with the transitional government’s agenda to alleviate the burden on citizens grappling with escalating prices and bloated utility bills.
The populace has voiced their grievances robustly in numerous cities, rallying for a rollback on the recent spike in electricity rates during unprecedented inflation nationwide. Over the past weekend, television broadcasts captured demonstrators setting bills alight and clashing with representatives of power distribution entities.
The wave of dissent was ignited in Karachi on August 17, following an augment of Rs4.96 per unit in the power tariff instituted by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority. The discontentment swiftly proliferated nationwide. This increase came as a stipulation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a condition set during the endorsement of a truncated $3 billion financial aid plan for Pakistan earlier this year.
Insiders mentioned that the provisional government is actively engaging in dialogues with the IMF to facilitate the proposed public relief measures, with the IMF reportedly endorsing the move.