K-Electric, on recommendation by the Ministry of Water and Power, has increased the tariff rate for its consumers. The Ministry had passed a regulation in mid-July, in accordance with IMF’s condition, to increase the tariff. The condition states that the government should withdraw any power subsidies it is offering so that it can overcome the fiscal debt.
The tariff has been applied according to the number of units consumed per month. Previously, K-Electric consumers who consumed 100 to 300 units were charged Rs8.1 per unit. Under the new regulation, consumers who consume 100 to 200 units will be charged Rs8.1 per unit, while those who consume 201 to 300 units per month will be charged Rs10.2 per unit. This affects 65% of K-Electric’s consumers, and it surprised many customers when they received a higher electricity bill.