MUZAFFARGARH - Scores of activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and members of civil society, on Thursday, observed countrywide protests against the hike in power tariff.
He said the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) approved 21 per cent increase in power tariff on March 20, a month after it increased electricity rates by 39 per cent.
He alleged that the increase in prices came after the Nepra approved four petitions filed by the state-owned Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), a subsidiary of the state-owned National Transmission and Dispatch Company.
The CPPA claimed that its fuel costs for the month of October 2011 through January 2012 were far higher than those it was allowed to bill and so it must increase tariff to recover the costs it already paid to power generation companies.
In Muzaffargarh, PTI workers, under the leadership of PTI Joint Secretary Nadeem Kahloon, staged a demonstration and burnt an effigy of the minister concerned. They also rejected the proposed increase in the prices of petroleum products.