The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on behalf of Govt electricity The approval of a surcharge of three rupees eighty two paise per unit in the rates of Rs.
A hearing was held in NEPRA headed by Tauseef Farooqui on the government’s request for approval of a surcharge of 3 rupees 82 paise per unit in electricity rates.
Officials of Energy Division said that the government is facing economic challenges, they want to impose surcharge from March 1, if the surcharge is not approved, the interest of power holding will increase.
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Chairman Nepra said that we have repeatedly raised questions that the power sector is going towards collapse, DISCOs have not stopped theft or line losses, instead of improvement, you are putting a burden on consumers by imposing taxes, the government can impose surcharges on its own. Why did you come to us?
Taseef Farooqui said that those who paid the bill are being charged a surcharge of 3.39 paise per unit and those who have not paid the bill are still smiling.
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Chairman Nepra inquired that there are serious concerns on this surcharge, does Nepra have the authority to reject the request?
Nepra made approval of power holding surcharge subject to legal opinion.
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Chairman Nepra remarked that the Power Division will first give a legal opinion on it and then the approval decision will be made. First the surcharge is imposed by the government itself, if the government has the power, it should use it.