Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry along with two other members of bench took notice of recent electricity price increase. He asked government to submit the details of tariff to the court, further more he mentioned that the poorest of poor have been badly affected by the recent blunt power price hike from Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) led Government of Pakistan.
On other hand an advocate, Masiur Rahman Chaudhry have filled a petition against the electricity and petroleum prices increase by government of Pakistan in Lahore High Court (LHC). According to Advocate Masiur Rahman the prices of petroleum prices are lowering all over the world, so its illegal to increase the price of petroleum products in Pakistan at this moment.
Even Indian government have lowered the petrol price just yesterday, so this price hike from Pakistan was utterly disgusting measure to bury the people of Pakistan under more difficulties which they already have in good quantity.
In his couple of tweets Imran khan have also condemned the recent petrol/electricity prices hikes by PML-N government. Tweets are as follows.
PMLN govt has betrayed its mandate as it has been bombarding ppl with price hikes; devaluation; spiralling inflation since coming to power.
Second one from Imran khan goes like
PTI rejects the latest elec/fuel price hikes. We r planning countrywide protests as well as in the assemblies.
So chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), former cricketer and a social worker Imran Khan rejected the fuel/electricity prices hike by government and explained how PML-N betrayed their own people who had voted them in to the government of Pakistan.
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Government on Monday announced new tariff of electricity. This was not just another price adjustment or something, it was so sharp increase that it have jolted the nation. Specially for people who are using units between 100 and 300 units per month, the increase was 210%. As their benefit of previous slab was withdrawn and new price set was above 12 rupees from just 5 rupees per unit. Similarly for people who are using electricity 300 to 450, the increase was 120%.
The worst thing government have done along with tariff increase was withdrawing the previous slab benefits. Here is the example, for first 100 units electricity is cheaper, then there is another higher price for 100 to 300. So previously when we used more than 100 units, the price of first 100 units was being calculated with that lower cost and other units were being calculated with that higher price. But now not only government have increased the price of 100 to 300 units from just above 5 to above 12 per unit. They have also withdrawn the benefit of lower slab, which means as soon as your units will cross 100 all of your units’ bill will be calculated at higher price of 100-300 units and those first 100 units’ bill would not be calculated as per price of first 100 units.
But for people who are using above 300 units upt0 700 units will benefit from price of 100 to 300 units slab, which by the way is already increased to above 210%.
This all power price hike hits very hard to poorer people as the most of price hike was people who were consuming 100 to 300 units. If you are running two fans and few energy savor blubs, you easily fall into this category.
People of Pakistan who had given heavy mandate to Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) are being punished by these power hikes in electricity and Petroleum products. Nawaz brothers who had bragged about lowering the loans of country, have got approved a big loan from International Monitory Fund (IMF) and now they are putting burden on Pakistani people by increasing the fuel and power prices in Pakistan to fulfill demands of IMF.
For people who are using units below 300, their bills would simply double. For example a person who have to pay about Rs. 3500 for 300 units will now have to pay above Rs. 6500 now.
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Recently the National Electric and Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) shocked the nation as soon as it approved the Rs. 5.80 increase in Power tariff. As soon as ministry got the recommendation by the authority, they have decided not to fully put the load at people at the time. So the new price is under review. Electricity rates will still increase but they may not be sudden increase of Rs. 5.80.
Now this increase is under review by Ministry of water and power, they may decide to hold back a portion of this increase and save people from further problems. Increase is now on fully discretion of ministry of power and water Pakistan.
This increase was very unfair by NEPRA when they are not being able to provide uninterrupted supply of Power to Pakistanis. Let alone uninterrupted supply, power is only available to people for just 6 to 9 hours specifically in these days. Recently elected party have lots of promises with regard to power shortage, they are getting in Government in few days, so hopefully things may get better or even worse, but lets hope for the best and trust them on this.
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