Households consuming up to 100 units of power to get free electricity: CM Punjab
Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz announced that the provincial government will bear the power cost of households that consume up to 100 units of electricity in a month.
Addressing a news conference in Lahore, Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz said that the average number of households using less than 100 units of electricity in Punjab is 4.4 million to 9 million annually. If 6 members of a family are included, then the people of the province are 55 million, which is the poorest class and half of the population of the province.
He said the Punjab government is going to provide free electricity to those who use up to 100 units with a subsidy of Rs100 billion.
The government has set aside Rs100 billion for the relief programme which will benefit nine million households. “This will act as an incentive for those who use more than 100 units of electricity to save energy,” said Hamza.
“We are also looking into the possibility of providing alternative power to homes by providing them with solar power so that their electricity will be free forever in the years to come,” he said.
CM Hamza further said that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Programme will continue and international donors will come, adding that the friendly countries will help Pakistan. “The economic situation will be back on track,” he assured.