Protests against inflated electricity bills continue as govt set to deliberate on issue a second time



Citizens continued to stage protests in parts of the country on Monday against inflated power bills as the government was set to deliberate on the issue a second time.

The public has taken to the streets in large numbers since Saturday over exorbitant electricity bills on the back of a significant increase in the national average tariff. The outrage had prompted interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq to take notice and summon an “emergency” meeting for Sunday to discuss the issue.

However, yesterday’s meeting had remained inconclusive with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) saying that another round would take place today.

“Meeting on power will continue for the whole day on Monday (today) in which some relief will be given to electricity consumers,” Information Minister Murtaza Solangi told Dawn.

“We have very limited space between primary surplus and current account deficit to give relief to people. But we have to do something in this regard,” the caretaker minister added.

Solangi said the interim prime minister was considering several options to mitigate the sufferings of power consumers but he could not share details with the media till a final decision in this regard.

He, however, said the government could not tolerate that the poor were paying heavy bills while the elite class and officers of various institutions were getting free electricity.

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