PESHAWAR - The NWFP Assembly unanimously passed resolution on Tuesday opposing the proposed increase in the power tariff as recommended by the Pesco to NEPRA and stressed upon the federal government for its withdrawal to avoid further burden on the poverty stricken masses. It favoured to uphold the March 1, 2008 tariff, and there was no justification now to increase the tariff, rather the performance of the Pesco should be improved to overcome the line losses. The resolution suggested the uniform tariff across the country and demanded of the government to bring improvement in the performance of the Pesco as well as strategy should be evolved to reduce line losses. The federal government should provide subsidy to the companies having poor performance so as to avoid burden on the poor consumers in the NWFP. Through another resolution, the House described the 30 per cent increase in tariff for agriculture tube wells as injustice with the helpless farmers in the Province. It demanded of the federal government to enforce the tariff, as it existed before March 1, 2008 and withdraw the increase.   Both resolutions were jointly moved and drafted by PPP MPA Abdul Akbar Khan and ANP's Saqib Chamkani, which were passed unanimously when the Speaker relaxed relevant rules with the consent of the House. Earlier, the PPP's Abdul Akbar had raised the issue saying the rate of electricity would be increased from Rs 3 to Rs 7 up to 100 units and from 100 units to 300 units its price would be Rs 8.41. Similarly, from 300 units to 1000, the price of electricity would be Rs 11.33 per unit. Mr Akbar said that such an increase would further add to the miseries of the power consumers who were already unable to pay the existing rates. If it was implemented the electricity consumers in the NWFP would have to pay double the rates as campered to the other provinces, despite it produces cheap electricity, he remarked. Mr Akbar blamed the Pesco officials for line losses as power theft occurs with the blessing of the officials (who are getting monthlies), then why the poor consumers should be burdened. The government should formulate a policy to curb the menace, he demanded.    The line losses, he said, were the outcome of the poor performance of Pesco, which is trying to burden the consumers to hide its lapses. The federal government should hand over Pesco to NWFP if it could not give subsidy to overcome the miseries. On this, the NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti said he had opposed the recent increase in tariff in his meeting two days back.