In recent month, Pakistan has been the theater of massive demonstrations over skyrocketing power bills. Citizens, who are already struggling to make ends meet in the face of growing inflation, have taken to the streets to voice their displeasure, and some have even resorted to setting their own electrical bills on fire.
Over the course of the previous three months, there has been a roughly 100% increase in the price of power, which has already reached around 50 rupees for each unit. As a direct result of the uproar from the general public, the government went to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to seek assistance for customers of the electrical industry.
The Ministry of Finance has just made an announcement on the most recent turn of events in this ongoing crisis. According to this announcement, Interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar would seek cabinet approval for a relief plan via the use of summary circulation. Those individuals who use up to 200 units of power each year should take heart from this piece of information.
In the beginning, the authorities asked for leniency for users who used up to 400 units each day. However, according to sources, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is located in the United States, has decided not to provide assistance for the higher consumption band.
The good news for customers is that if they have not paid their bills for the month of August on time, they will not be subject to late penalties or fines if they use up to 200 units. In addition, these people will be given the opportunity to settle whatever outstanding expenses they have via a series of payments.