KP government rejects increase in power tariff

August 1, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health and spokesman of the provincial government Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, has rejected the recent increase in the power tariff and termed it the personal announcement of the federal minister for power as the issue of increasing power tariff has not been discussed in the Council of Common Interests and no question of increase in the power tariff arises at the moment.

Addressing media people in Peshawar and Islamabad on Thursday, Shoukat Yousafzai disclosed that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was generating 18 billion unites electricity annually at a cost of 90 paisa per unit in which the province utilizes only 8 billion units.

He expressed with severe concern that after generation of 18 billion unit electricity with the cost of 90 paisa per unit the centre resold the same electricity on the province on Rs.14 per unit which he said was great injustice with it.

Shoukat Yousafzai said that the centre needed to make investment in the hydel sector in KP while taking benefit of the power generating capacity of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and pay heed to the power generation and not increasing tariff.

He said on the one hand the heavy load shedding had made lives of the KP dwellers miserable while on the other hand drone of increase in power rates were being dropped on them. He demanded of the federal government to withdraw the recent increase in power tariff and avoid putting the people of KP in further trials.

The provincial spokesman said that only one percent fund was being paid to the province under the NFC award. He said the province was badly been affected by terrorism and its infrastructure had totally been damaged.

He said terrorism was increasing day by day without decrease and the federal government should not only continue the one percent fund but also to make further increase in it.

The minister health said that in the past the federal government had allocated Rs. 93 billion for 83 projects under the PSDP while this year only Rs. 4 billion were reserved for the same projects which was very meagre amount.

He also demanded of the centre to allocate full amount for the same 93 development projects to back the poor economic position and worst law and order situation of the KP. He lauded the decision of withdrawing the at source deduction after accepting the KP demand and termed it an encouraging step of the centre.