MMIDA KP opposes fuel price adjustment in electricity bills

Mardan – Central Chairman of Marble Mining and Industries Development Association (MMIDA) Muhammad Sajjad Khan said that due to heavy taxes such as fuel price adjustment, the unit of electricity from the marble industry has reached 80 rupees per unit, making it difficult for the factories to operate.

He expressed these views at an emergency meeting of the Association. A large number of manufacturers and MMIDA executive body members from Peshawar, Mardan, Bara Banda, Jahangira, Swabi, Buner, Abbottabad, Bajaur and other districts attended the meeting. Sajjad Khan added that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are being robbed in the name of adjusting fuel prices.

He argued that the huge increase in electricity bills, heavy taxes like fuel price adjustment and marble industry electricity unit reached Rs.80. He added that it is difficult to run a factory at Rs.80 per unit. He argued that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which is self-sufficient in power generation and generates electricity at 50 paise per unit, but the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are being robbed in the name of fuel price adjustment.

He expressed concern over unnecessary taxes in the name of adjusting fuel prices and said that the remaining factories of the marble industry in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will also be closed in protest against the rate of Rs 80 per unit in the recent electricity bill, that millions of people will be unemployed.

Sajjad Khan added that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa generates electricity from water and the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are being played despite the right of this province in the 18th amendment. He further said that the Federation should stop charging extortion to residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the name of fuel price adjustment which produces 50 paise per unit of electricity. He added that it is completely cruel to send 80 rupees per unit to this province.

The federal government should immediately announce the end of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa fuel price adjustment so that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa can earn a living for their children.

Eleanor C. William