Govt striving to provide less expensive electricity to consumers: Omer Ayub

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 10 (APP):Federal Minster for Energy Omer Ayub Khan on Tuesday informed the National Assembly that the government was trying hard to provide less expensive electricity to the consumers by further improving the system.

He said the government will be producing 70 to 80 percent electricity by 2030 with
their own resources which would contribute to overall development of the country.

On calling attention notice, Member National Assembly (MNA) Junaid Akbar said
that the government was charging the fuel surcharge in electricity bill from the people
of Malakand region despite the generation of electricity through their four power houses.

He said the people of Malakand had the right on their own resources under the
provisions of the Constitution, so why they should paid fuel surcharge when they
were producing their own electricity.

He said Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK) province also failed to provide royalty from
three years to Malakand.

The minister, responding to calling attention notice, said that the government ensured
equitable distribution of resources to all the electricity consumers. The only way to reduce
electricity tariff was to reduce the line losses, he added.

He said recovery in Malakand and Sawat was excellent and those areas were free of
load-shedding.

He said 7 to 8 thousand megawatt electricity was produced from the hydro resources
in summer season, which ended up in October however in winter season the same
went down by 400 Megawatt.

The minister further said the government was paying Rs. 54 billion subsidy to the
75 percent domestic users who consumed 300 Units per month.

He said in case Junai Akbar’s argument was accepted, the next day every member
of the House would demand a tariff of his choice adding it could not be entertained.