The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government announced Rs 1.95 hike in the power tariff, which is the sixth time increase in 2.5 years. After the increase Rs 1.95, the basic electricity tariff will be Rs 15.30 per unit.
According to the details, the present government has already imposed an additional burden of more than Rs 450 billion on power consumers. With the new increase, the consumers will bear the brunt of Rs200 billion in addition to GST, fuel price and three-month adjustments.
According to the breakdown, the new increase will impact all and sundry. Now a consumer has to pay now Rs 197.50 per unit for 50 units instead of Rs100 per unit for electricity cost only.
For consumers of 100 units, the rate is 5.79 per unit and now they have to pay Rs774 instead of Rs579. For 101 units to 200 units, Rs8.11 per unit is charged but now the consumers will pay Rs2,012 instead of Rs1,622.
Similarly, per unit cost for consumption of 300 units is Rs10.20 per unit. Now the consumers will pay Rs3,645 instead of Rs3,060. For 400 units, the consumer will pay Rs5,600 instead of Rs4,820. For 500 units, they will pay Rs6,580 and for 600 units they will pay Rs9,510 instead of Rs8,340.
The price of electricity was Rs 9.50 before Imran Khan took office. PTI blamed on the agreements made by the previous government with “bad-intentions and corrupt practices”.
On January 1, 2019 the power tariff was increased by Rs 1.27 per unit. PTI Government made electricity more expensive when it increased power tariff in July 2019 with Rs. 1.49 per unit.
The third time, power tariff witnessed an increase of 53 paisa in prices per unit. Whereas the electricity per unit price was increased by 30 paisa for the fourth time.
PTI government then announced an increase of 26 Paisa per unit price in electricity.