In a bid to protect the people from fuel adjustment effects in electricity bills, the federal government is offering a subsidy of Rs. 242 billion to domestic consumers. The federal cabinet was informed about the development on Tuesday.
While briefing the media about the minutes of the meeting, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information, Firdaus Ashiq Awan, said that 6 out of 12 agendas were approved, including the subsidy.
She noted that only lifeline consumers, who use less than or up to 300 units (kwh) per month, have been given the tariff relief in recent months. Another Rs. 100 billion has been earmarked for farmers, she added.
The meeting reviewed the performance of the government’s last fifteen months and also discussed the relief measures for the public, she said.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan heard detailed briefings from the Ministry of Water and Power and the Ministry of Oil and Gas.
The ministry officials informed the cabinet that they have been managing the circular debt for the last eight months, bringing it down to Rs. 12 billion and promised to reduce it to zero soon.
We inherited a loss of Rs. 181 billion due to bad policies of past governments, but it was carefully managed.
The PM lauded the ministry’s performance and directed to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to domestic consumers throughout the winter.