KARACHI - Citizens have condemned and reject the expected price hike by the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation as the KESC has submitted a plea requesting the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) to increase the price of electricity under the head of fuel price adjustment.

According to the sources, KESC has requested the regulatory authority to approve a hike of Re0.76 per unit in the price of electricity while rise in furnace oil price is a core factor that will impact the per unit price of electricity, affect customers’ budget, as well as KESC’s financial load.

Citizens have expressed deep concern over expected price hike in utility bills.

Talking to The Nation, Aqeel Abbas, resident of Federal B area, said that the expected increase would impact our budget while the company had failed to facilitate consumers, adding that caretaker government should formulate a programme to bring some relief to the masses.

KESC general secretary shareholder association Chaudhry Mazhar Ali told The Nation that the government is paying Rs 6 billion as subsidiary regarding the fuel adjustment charges to the KESC to provide electricity on cheaper rates to the consumers.

KESC and Nepra, following their mutual interest, have made unjustified increase in rates of electricity thrice in the period of just last 12 months, he added.

He said, “The sister petroleum company of KESC, Byco is running under the supervision of Abraj Groups. It does not have any check and balance of supplying oil, which the KESC is getting from the company through the tankers.

It is to be noted here that KESC is getting the oil supply from PSO through a pipe line installed will measuring instrument.

WIDOW RECEIVES DUES ON ORDER OF PROVINCIAL OMBUDSMAN: A widow Mst Mehboob Jan received a payment of Rs 120,000 on the order of Sindh Ombudsman Asad Ashraf Malik.

A statement issued here on Monday said that the widow of the deceased government employee, a Naib Qasid in NJV School Karachi, approached the Provincial Ombudsman Sindh seeking his intervention for release of the service dues of her late husband which was being denied to her by the Department despite repeated approaches. It said that the case was examined at the Ombudsman’s Secretariat and on the directive of the Ombudsman Sindh the Sindh Department of Education and Literacy, settled the long outstanding dues and payment was made to the widow accordingly.

The State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, similarly in pursuance of the order paid to the widow the group insurance claim and a cheque of Rs120,000 was handed over to her by the Ombudsman at his Office.

Meanwhile, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony will be held at Hockey Club of Pakistan (HCP) Stadium on Tuesday at 3.30pm.

Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Asif Bajwa and Director Administration HCP Iftikhar Syed will sign MoU on behalf of PHF while Sindh Secretary Sports Siddique Memon alongwith Chief Engineer Aslam Mahar and Najamuddin Shaikh will sign the document.

PHF requested Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad for laying a blue turf at HCP during Governor’s visit to HCP as the chief guest during Pakistan-China hockey Test match.

It may be mentioned here that late Dr Muhammad Ali Shah played an important role in the approval of a blue turf.