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Good News: NEPRA approves reduction in K-Electric’s tariff by Rs5.12 per unit

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  • The change will be reflected in November bills.
  • This will also apply for only one month.
  • Rs5.12 decrease will have an impact of over Rs8.6 billion.

ISLAMABAD: In a major relief for Karachiites, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Friday notified a reduction in K-Electric’s tariff on account of fuel charges adjustment (FCA) for September.

The power regulator notified that a Rs5.1261 per kWh adjustment should be reflected in November bills under the FCA — a system by which the price of electricity is adjusted as fuel prices fluctuate. This will also apply for only one month.

The hearing of KE’s fuel adjustment application in NEPRA was held on October 25 where the KE had requested a negative FCA of Rs4.622 per kWh.

However, following the arguments and estimates the power regulator approved a negative FCA of Rs5.1261 per kWh.

In a statement, the NEPRA directed all KE to show the adjustment separately in the consumer’s bills for November.

This shall apply to all consumer categories except:

  • Lifelines consumers
  • Domestic consumers who consume up-to 300 units
  • Agriculture consumers
  • Electric vehicle charging stations

It was also clarified that the negative adjustment on account of monthly FCA applies to domestic consumers having Time of Use (ToU) metres irrespective of their consumption level.

The Rs5.12 decrease will have an impact of over Rs8.6 billion on consumers, including GST.

“While effecting the fuel adjustment charges, the concerned K-Electric shall keep in view and strictly comply with the orders of the courts notwithstanding this order,” the notification issued in this regard read.

Earlier this week, the power regulator had indicated an increase in the electricity tariff of the ex-Wapda distribution companies XWDISCOs by Rs0.08 per unit on account of FCA for September 2022.

The Rs0.08 increase will put a burden of over Rs1 billion on consumers, including GST.

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Pakistan’s gold price increases by an additional Rs. 800 per tola.

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The price of yellow metal in the local market hit Rs247,300 on the first working day of the week, following a rise of Rs800 in a single day.

The cost of ten grams of 24-karat gold increased by Rs686 on Monday, making the current price Rs212,020.

In addition, the cost of 10 grams of 22-karat gold increased significantly, trading at Rs194,351.

These fluctuations are strongly correlated with shifts in the US dollar’s value, demonstrating the tight connection between gold prices and exchange rates. This emphasizes how local gold markets are impacted by variables related to the global economy.

The price of the precious metal dropped $16 on the international market on Monday, hitting $2,348 per ounce.

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A delegation from Pakistan travels to the US to bargain with the IMF for a new loan.

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The Pakistani delegation consists of the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, the Secretary of Finance, the Additional Secretary, and other individuals.

The Finance Minister was greeted at the airport by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Masood Khan, and Embassy staff.

The Finance Minister will meet with representatives of the World Bank and IMF while he is in the US.

The IMF and Pakistan are expected to negotiate next week, according to sources.

Sources claim that Islamabad will apply for a new credit package from the IMF.

The Finance Minister’s itinerary also includes meetings with members of think tanks and the world press.

Last month, Pakistan and the IMF came to a staff-level agreement over the third and final review of the $3 billion stand-by arrangement. Should the board of the global lender approve this deal, Pakistan will get approximately $1.1 billion.

Although a specific date has not been determined, the IMF board is anticipated to evaluate the case in late April, according to a spokeswoman.

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Pakistan’s petrol prices are anticipated to rise.

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The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) will not disclose the anticipated increase in fuel prices until its work is finished, according to sources.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will receive the summary of the petrol price, and sources further stated that the new pricing will be revealed following his approval today.

Noteworthy to highlight is that Pakistan was previously ordered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to impose an 18% General Sales Tax (GST) on gasoline.

Details indicate that Pakistan was requested by the Monetary Fund to stop reducing sales tax on all goods, including gasoline.

To boost tax revenue, Pakistan’s recently elected government should impose a sales tax on petroleum items in addition to a Rs 60 charge.

High-speed diesel (HSD) was reduced by Rs3.32 per litre on March 31 but petrol prices increased by Rs9.66 per litre by the government.

In contrast to the reduction in the price of high-speed diesel (HSD) to Rs282.24 from Rs278.92, the price of gasoline jumped to Rs289.41 per litre.

The adjustments were brought about by a commensurate increase in the price of gasoline and a decline in the price of HSD on the global market, according to a statement released by the Finance Ministry.

According to the statement, the adjustment was made in accordance with government policy, which transfers pricing differences from the foreign market to the home market.

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