Parliamentarians Blast Withdrawal Of Export Sector Power Subsidy As Per IMF Conditions
Umer Jamshaid Published March 30, 2023 | 03:40 PM
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Mar, 2023 ) :The Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) on Thursday criticised the government's withdrawal of export sector power subsidy in conformity with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditions for the loan agreement.
She suggested that the government should increase domestic income by giving free units as subsidies to the export sector.
He proposed that solar power generation systems should be installed in public offices, educational institutions, and others operating in the daytime to save electricity.
MNA Nafeesa Shah demanded the parliamentary secretary to pay attention to the crippled power infrastructure of Sindh's flood-hit districts that were not repaired so far.
She added that in her constituency district, some 100 power transformers were stolen which left the area without electricity.
Parliamentary Secretary, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan informed the house that the export sector subsidy of Rs19.99 tariff was withdrawn as per the condition of the IMF and it would be charged routine tariff imposed on other sectors. Its tariff would fluctuate as per the power production cost, he added.
He said the power division's responsibility was to indicate the cost of power whereas the finance division was the one to fix subsidies and tariffs after calculation.
However, he said the main subsidy was provided to lifeline consumers of below 200 units and was uniformly distributed among all distribution companies.
He also noted that the federal government was mulling over introducing wind power projects along with solar energy initiatives to make up for the energy shortfall of the country.
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