islamabad -

The government has claimed that power loadshedding would reduce by three hours in a day from Monday through the measures taken, including providing subsidy and gas to power plants for additional electricity generation.

The government decided to provide Rs 45 billion subsidy and 150 mmcfd gas to the power plants that would reduce the timing of power outages in the country.

The government’s measures would reduce the gap between demand and supply and reduce loadshedding in the country.

The government wants to control the power outages in the election days, therefore it has formulated a strategy that was announced by Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance, Dr Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Minister for Petroleum Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui and Minister for Water and Power Musadik Malik the other day in a joint press conference. They also informed the media that power loadshedding would reduce in the days to come. The ministers in the briefing said that government would provide Rs 10 billion in April and Rs 35 billion in May. Minister for Petroleum Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui said 150 mmcfd gas would be provided to power sector through adjustment and inefficient captive power plants would face penalty.

Due to government’s measures, 1500 megawatt electricity would immediately come into the system and another 1,200 MW in next 15 days.

On a question regarding huge power subsidy, Dr Amjad said the available option with the caretaker government was either to pass on full generation cost to consumers by raising electricity tariff or to provide subsidy.

He said that decision to increase tariff is a political decision, which must be left on the next elected government.