Islamabad, September 8th, 2021: “It is shocking that power companies have issued bills for more than the allowed 31 days in one month and that this has been happening since January 2021. People across Pakistan are being forced to pay unreasonably high electricity bills. Why is this flagrant violation of NEPRA rules going unchecked?” questioned Vice President PPPP, Senator Sherry Rehman.
She said, “While the rules state that all tariffs for the residential customers are applicable only on a maximum billing period of 31 days, the power companies are issuing bills for 35 and 37 days of electricity usage to their customers in a single month. This blatant disregard of the law is a matter of concern”.
“Why is NEPRA not enforcing the laws onto the power companies and solving the issue systematically, rather than a case-by-case basis. What about people who do not know how to lodge a complaint, are there any plans to return their overbilled amounts? There needs to be immediate enquiry and action to resolve this matter,” she added.
PPP Parliamentary Leader in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman concluded by saying that, “Companies which are overcharging are being allowed to go scot-free. All this is happening under the government’s watch and their silence is only making them complicit”.