Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that increase in electricity tariff will not be applied on consumers consuming 200 units of electricity per month or less.
He and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif were talking to media here on Thursday.
Dar added that Rs 30 billion has been allocated for fertilizers’ subsidy in fiscal budget 2013-14.
The minister said that farmers will be provided electricity on flat rate of Rs 10.5 per unit, adding the farmers would be allowed to pay bills in installments without any extra surcharge, he added.
“Agriculture constitutes 24 percent of national economy”, finance minister mentioned.
The minister disclosed that increase of some 200,000 metric ton has been observed in production of fertilizer by providing gas to local industry.
He maintained that farmers have been given Rs 23 billion subsidy on electricity bills as progress of agriculture sector is an important part of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) agenda, Ishaq Dar added.
“Government is trying to make buildup performance of departments to abolish over billing”, Dar added.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif said that PML-N will strengthen economy soon by eliminating power crisis.
He reminded that former Punjab government had taken revolutionary steps for the betterment of masses during the last five years.