Citizens across Pakistan have voiced their concerns over sky-high electricity bills. Many are puzzled about why their monthly bills suddenly surged, leading to widespread discontent and protests.
For an average person, these bills can seem complex and intimidating. However, with scrutiny, the reasons behind these hefty bills become evident.
Breaking Down the Additional Charges
For Instance, an individual receives an electricity bill for a household that consumed 839 units during August. At first glance, the primary charges come from the consumption, which amounts to Rs35,842 for the 839 units. But that’s just scratching the surface.
Beyond the basic usage cost, additional charges are levied. This includes an FC surcharge due to fuel price adjustments, tallying Rs2,709, and a QTR tariff adjustment amounting to Rs1,447. Together, these charges inflate the bill to Rs40,244.
However, the government imposes further charges, compounding the bill even more. There’s a TV fee of Rs35 and a sizable GST of Rs7,128 under the TR tariff. On top of that, the government charges Rs3,505 as income tax and adds another GST worth Rs116. To wrap it up, an extra tax bill adjustment of Rs2,112 is also slapped, making it even more daunting.
When you add all these supplementary government charges, an additional Rs12,896 is tacked onto the bill. This catapults the initial amount of Rs35,842 to a staggering total of Rs53,241.
Public outrage has surged, leading to nationwide protests against these bloated bills. The pressing question remains: Will any resolution shortly ease the burden on consumers’ pockets?