PM Shehbaz Sharif Introduces Rs200b Package For Industry

June 20, 2024Zayn0

With a 24% decrease in current per unit tariffs, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday announced an over Rs200 billion “relief package” for industrial energy consumers, returning more than Rs125 billion that the government would have collected in income tax from exporters the next year.

Cross-subsidy Reduction

The electricity sector regulator, which on Friday reduced the cross-subsidy of industries by Rs10.69 per unit but authorized an increase of Rs5.72 per unit for residential consumers, is the source of the PM’s decision.

Fuel Price Reduction

A day ahead of the planned fortnightly adjustment, the prime minister also announced that the petrol prices would be reduced by Rs10.20 per litre.

Electricity Price Reduction

According to the PM’s Office, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) had suggested a decrease of Rs10.69 per unit for industries.

Impact On Industry

The government has gained political mileage while simultaneously not adding to the burdens of the industrialists, who have gotten more in return for their income tax payments than they were originally expected to pay. Instead, even after adjusting for Rs125 billion in income tax payments, the Rs115 billion burden has been removed.

The PM’s Package Scheme

The Prime Minister’s Office states that “the PM’s package, which is expected to provide relief of over Rs200 billion to the industry, will help bring down the manufacturing cost of the goods making them competitive in the global market.”

Goal OF The Scheme

It further stated that the project would aid in bringing down the cost of agricultural commodities.

According to the PM Office, Shehbaz Sharif’s decision is expected to boost economic activity, foster industrial expansion, and generate new job possibilities.

NEPRA’s Announcement

Nonetheless, the NEPRA’s announcement on Friday of a hike of Rs5.72 per unit marks the third such increase due to annual adjustments. The average price has risen by the government by about Rs7 to Rs8 per unit during the last two years.

The Pakistani authorities informed the public that due to several hikes resulting from monthly fuel adjustments, quarterly adjustments, and the impending large yearly base tariff increase, customers would be overburdened by the impending rises in energy rates.

Notification to IMF

Pakistan has notified the IMF that simultaneous changes resulting from monthly, quarterly, and annual hikes in rates could cause energy prices to soar in July. Since the NEPRA has already initiated quarterly adjustments, a second increment has been granted.

 

 

 

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