Government extends utility bills deadline by three months
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to extend the deadline for gas and electricity bills by three months owning to a countrywide lockdown in Pakistan to contain the pandemic.
“People don’t have to pay their gas and electricity bills immediately,” Adviser to PM on Finance Hafeez Shaikh announced on Thursday.
The government has set aside Rs1 billion to incur these losses, he added.
Shaikh, while speaking to reporters at the Prime Minister’s House, said that the government will spend Rs70bn to make up for the decrease in petrol and diesel prices.
“We have removed all duties on food products,” he claimed, adding that the government has procured wheat worth Rs200bn to help farmers and small landowners.
“We don’t want any contraction in the economy,” he added.
The government is going to spend Rs107bn to refund businessmen, he said. “Rs30bn will be given to DLTL (The Drawback of Local Taxes and Levies), Rs10bn to sales tax for exporters, Rs52bn will be spent on refund of sales tax, and Rs15bn on duty drawback,” he added.
The funds are being released and it will continue till next week, he remarked. We are in constant contact with all provincial governments and are doing our best to help the people in these crucial times, he added.