Published On: Mon, Feb 12th, 2018
Published in Category: Lahore

PIAF welcome government plan of introducing separate power tariff for export sector

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Lahore: The Pakistan Industrial & Traders Associations Front (PIAF) Chairman Irfan Iqbal Sheikh has welcomed the government plan of introducing separate power tariff for export sector, which would be at par with the tariff of regional competing countries.

Besides appreciating the announcement, he asked the authorities to also fulfill its commitment of undertaking all possible measures aimed at creating an enabling environment for the export sector to grow and making competitive headway globally.

Irfan Iqbal Sheikh in a joint statement along with senior vice chairman Tanveer Ahmed Sufi and Vice chairman Kh. Shahzeb Akram said that the business community had been demanding of the government since long to focus on bringing down high energy cost as Pakistan was losing export markets to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam and other regional countries due to high power tariffs.

But it was unfortunate that instead of bringing down electricity price, government was taking measures to further enhance it that would badly affect business and industrial activities causing further fall in country’s exports.

PIAF Chairman said that line losses and defaults in LESCO were low as compared to other Discos and it was unjustified to make the consumers of this Disco to pay for the defaulters of other areas. He said that government should focus on cheap energy sources for producing affordable electricity that would help in promoting businesses and industrialization, creating new jobs and improving country’s exports.

He condemned the NEPRA for resorting to easy approach of passing on the burden of defaulters to the general consumers which was illogical, as that practice would encourage further defaults and create disappointment among regular bill payers.


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