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Good News: NEPRA approves reduction in K-Electric’s tariff by Rs5.12 per unit

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  • The change will be reflected in November bills.
  • This will also apply for only one month.
  • Rs5.12 decrease will have an impact of over Rs8.6 billion.

ISLAMABAD: In a major relief for Karachiites, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Friday notified a reduction in K-Electric’s tariff on account of fuel charges adjustment (FCA) for September.

The power regulator notified that a Rs5.1261 per kWh adjustment should be reflected in November bills under the FCA — a system by which the price of electricity is adjusted as fuel prices fluctuate. This will also apply for only one month.

The hearing of KE’s fuel adjustment application in NEPRA was held on October 25 where the KE had requested a negative FCA of Rs4.622 per kWh.

However, following the arguments and estimates the power regulator approved a negative FCA of Rs5.1261 per kWh.

In a statement, the NEPRA directed all KE to show the adjustment separately in the consumer’s bills for November.

This shall apply to all consumer categories except:

  • Lifelines consumers
  • Domestic consumers who consume up-to 300 units
  • Agriculture consumers
  • Electric vehicle charging stations

It was also clarified that the negative adjustment on account of monthly FCA applies to domestic consumers having Time of Use (ToU) metres irrespective of their consumption level.

The Rs5.12 decrease will have an impact of over Rs8.6 billion on consumers, including GST.

“While effecting the fuel adjustment charges, the concerned K-Electric shall keep in view and strictly comply with the orders of the courts notwithstanding this order,” the notification issued in this regard read.

Earlier this week, the power regulator had indicated an increase in the electricity tariff of the ex-Wapda distribution companies XWDISCOs by Rs0.08 per unit on account of FCA for September 2022.

The Rs0.08 increase will put a burden of over Rs1 billion on consumers, including GST.

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Bulls Reenter PSX: The KSE-100 Rises More Than 886 Points

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As the market surged more than 800 points in the early morning trade, bulls grabbed control at the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

During the first trading session, the benchmark KSE-100 index increased by 886 points to 61,350.48 points.

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Pakistan’s steel prices are rising; get the latest figures here

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Another increase in steel prices has resulted in higher construction expenses in Pakistan. The economic downturn and continuous shipping delays have resulted in sharp price increases for building supplies, which has an effect on those who are planning to construct homes.

Due to increased manufacturing costs and supply chain interruptions brought on by the Middle East crisis, the price of iron, commonly known as steel rebar, has increased by Rs5,000 per ton. Local and imported steel rebar now costs between Rs240,000 and Rs260,000 per ton as a result of this most recent rise.

The cost of branded iron went from Rs255,000 to Rs260,000 per ton, while the cost of local iron climbed from Rs236,000 to Rs240,000. Furthermore, the cost of scrap or unprocessed iron has increased to Rs160,000 per ton inin the iron and steel markets.

The impact of the skyrocketing steel prices will be exacerbated by any more interruptions in the raw material supply chain. The cost of cement, on the other hand, has somewhat decreased and is at Rs 1,246 per bag.

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Up 30% to Rs 5.1 trillion by mid-February, FBR collected

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The total increase in domestic taxes has been around 40%, whilst import duties and associated levies increased by 16% between July 2023 and January 2024.

With the recovery of the GDP and increased inspection of FBR collection, the growth in revenues accelerated.

Up to mid-February, FBR receipts increased by 30% to Rs. 5.1 trillion. Nevertheless, decreases in import tariffs over time and, more recently, import license limits implemented by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to manage the country’s balance of payments in the aftermath of foreign exchange shortages, were mostly responsible for the decline in the rise of import taxes.

However, the impact of improvements in import valuation, which resulted in collections of Rs 151 billion, as well as the anti-smuggling campaign, which saw a surge of about 69% in the current fiscal year over the previous one, are also included in the income collected from imports.

The statement said that there was room to improve anti-smuggling operations by considering expanding Baluchistan’s customs force, which now only has 378 anti-smuggling employees out of 20,000 total.

The mobilization of domestic tax income, which accounted for more than 64% of all revenues received in the current fiscal year, was hailed in the statement as a welcome change.

In parallel, the percentage of import duties has decreased to 36% from over 50% just three years prior. The main drivers of this increase in revenue were the several taxes sources. From Rs. 1,751 billion to Rs. 2,447 billion, income tax receipts increased significantly—by 40%.

Banks, the petroleum and oil lubricants (POL) business, the textile industry, the electricity sector, the food industry, and a number of service industries were among the major income tax payers. Up to mid-February, FBR receipts increased by 30% to Rs. 5.1 trillion. Notable rise was also seen in sales tax receipts, which increased by 19% from Rs. 1,480 billion to Rs. 1,766 billion.

POL, the electricity sector, the food sector, the automobile sector, the iron and steel sector, and the chemical sector were important growth drivers.

The amount collected in federal excise taxes increased significantly by 61%, from Rs. 190 billion to Rs. 307 billion.

Taxes on tobacco goods, the cement industry, drinks, airlines, fertilizers, and the automobile sector were the main causes of this increase. The amount collected in customs duties increased by 14%, from Rs. 552 billion to Rs. 629 billion.

The POL, automobile, iron and steel, electronics, and food industries were among the main donors to customs duties.

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