The government has announced an amnesty scheme for electricity bill defaulters to encourage defaulters to pay the outstanding dues. The scheme was originally going...

The government has announced an amnesty scheme for electricity bill defaulters to encourage defaulters to pay the outstanding dues. The scheme was originally going to waive 50% of the bill if it was paid by July, 40% by August, and 30% by September. The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) gave the approval for only 30% waive till July, 25% till August, and 20% till September.

The ECC also proposed a 10% reward for power distribution company employees who help in recovery of dues, and 5% reward for FIA and police for helping recover dues. The ECC also decided that all defaulters from July 2009 to July 2012 who do not clear their account by September will have their cases forwarded to the National Accounting Bureau.

The amount of dues owned at the moment are PKR 382.7 billion with the majority of defaulters being industries. The scheme would help recover at least PKR 181.8 billion. The World Bank which has been monitoring the implementation of the $600 million energy reform reported that bill collection at the moment is only 88.5%. The remaining amount is adding to the circular debt. The scheme will help reduce the mounting circular debt.