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  • Fuel provide suspension to adversely have an effect on native industries, says Miftah Ismail
  • Former minister says PTI govt accountable for improve in round debt from Rs1,036 to Rs2,400
  • PML-N chief says electrical energy wastage costing the nationwide exchequer lack of Rs15 billion on common

Former finance minister Miftah Ismail has criticised the incumbent authorities’s determination to droop fuel provide to home trade from February 1 and export trade from March 1 and additional demanded that the federal government withdraw a latest hike within the energy tariff.

Fuel provide suspension

In response to Geo Information, Miftah stated it was unusual to droop fuel provide to industries. 

“It will trigger severe issues for the textile and different sectors,” he observed. 

The former finance minister also pointed out that the incumbent government was buying LNG at expensive rates as it was placing orders late. 

“[They] fail to purchase gas and dump the fruits of their incompetence on the industries,” he said, urging the government to withdraw the decision.

Related: Govt to increase electricity prices by Rs1.95 per unit

Power tariff

The PML-N leader said the PTI government was putting a burden of Rs200 billion on consumers by raising electricity tariff by a flat Rs1.95. He explained that the price was being increased as the country’s circular debt has reached its highest level in history.

“We left circular debt at Rs1,036 billion. Under Imran Khan, the figure has exceeded Rs2,400 billion and it grows by Rs50 to Rs60 billion per month due to expensive power generation.”

Miftah said PM Imran raised the power tariff soon after assuming office in an attempt to stop circular debt from increasing. 

“Annually, the circular debt is increasing by Rs600 billion which is mostly due to losses incurred in transmission and distribution of electricity.”

The former finance minister said the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) factors in a loss of 15%.

“When the PML-N came to power, the electricity wastage was recorded at 21%. We reduced it to 18% and now the current government has again raised it to 19%.”

Miftah added that electricity wastage was costing the national exchequer a loss of Rs15 billion on average per month.

He said the average collection of electricity bills was 93% during the PML-N tenure but it dropped to 80% as the country was hit by the coronavirus pandemic last year. “At present, the electricity bills collection stands at 88%.”

Learn extra: Pakistan plans to revive stalled IMF mortgage programme by growing its energy tariff

Miftah argued that the PTI authorities shouldn’t be complying with the Nepra advantage order and a 5% restoration fee was additionally inflicting losses.

The PML-N chief stated the incumbent authorities was producing energy from costly energy crops as an alternative of choosing cheaper choices. Criticizing the delay in ordering LNG provide, Miftah stated the PTI authorities was producing electrical energy from costly sources: furnace oil and diesel.

“Last summer, they generated 280 million units of electricity from diesel costing Rs18 per unit, and five billion from furnace oil costing Rs13. One unit of electricity generated from LNG and natural gas costs about Rs6 or less,” he stated.

Miftah stated the PML-N generated greater than 11,000 megawatts of electrical energy and deliberate to additional improve era. 

“On one hand, the PTI government says there is power surplus and on the other, they are establishing new power plants,” he stated.

The previous minister stated the PML-N authorities left energy consumption rising by 10% however the incumbent authorities has “wrecked the economy, leading to a decrease in consumption.”

Urging the federal government to shut down 50-year-old energy crops operating on furnace oil, Miftah stated the commodity benefitted few and is inflicting nice loss to the nation. 

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