PPP, PTI backed power subsidy cut, says Pervaiz Rashid
03 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said on Wednesday that all major stakeholders including the PPP and PTI had supported the planned cut in power subsidy.
Talking to media persons at the Parliament House, the minister pointed out that the government had tabled the issue of partial power subsidy withdrawal plan at the Council of Common Interests (CCI) and Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan chief ministers supported it.
He said all major political parties including the PPP, PTI and Balochistan National Party had endorsed the proposed power subsidy cut.
The minister explained that chief ministers of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan attended the CCI meeting, wherein the proposal was discussed to withdraw the subsidy on power consumption.
To a question, he noted that the government would still give Rs150 billion subsidy for power sector. He maintained there was no change in the power tariff for domestic consumers using less than 200 units. He said power rates of agricultural sector had been reduced and flat rates introduced.
The minister said that the government was taking difficult decisions instead of printing currency notes, which would have resulted in inflation and price hike. He blamed previous governments for economic crisis and high rates of electricity, stemming from their wrong policies. He vowed that the incumbent regime was committed to correcting the economic policies.
To another query, Pervaiz Rashid maintained that the state could not give subsidy to power consumers all life as it resulted in inflation and price hike.