Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday directed the power distribution companies to revise the electricity bills of up to 200 units within 24 hours adjusting the relief under the fuel adjustment charge (FAC) announced by the government.
The prime minister, who chaired a high level meeting to address the issues faced by the power consumers, also constituted a committee on the subject.
He instructed that the staffers of the distribution companies should work round the clock to ensure the revision of electricity bills.
He asked the authorities concerned to cancel the leaves of all the staffers and present him a compliance report immediately.
The prime minister said that the banks should also be directed to remain open in the coming days to enable the consumers pay their revised electricity bills.
The meeting was told that the implementation of the relief package announced by the prime minister was being ensured. The electricity bills of around 16.6 million were being corrected to provide them the relief under fuel price adjustment.
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The prime minister instructed the authorities concerned to ensure the execution of the relief measures announced by the government.
On national level, the electricity shortfall has exceeded 5,000 megawatts, resulting in four-eight hours of power cuts daily. The shortfall of electricity in the country has reached at 5,200MW. The demand for electricity in the country stood at 26,100 MW and the production is 20,000MW.
It is not only the average income which reflects the living standards. Cost of living has become extremely high that a person who used to earn decent income in the past is now unable to afford even the necessities.
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Moreover, officials cannot realize the pain which they are giving to the citizens until their free access to electricity is withdrawn.