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Undue charges in power bills 'open robbery': PAC.

ISLAMABAD, May 19 -- The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday called the collection of TV fee, other taxes and surcharges in inflated electricity bills an "open robbery, and directed the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) officials to appear before the PAC in its next meeting.

PAC Chairman Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan asked NEPRA to explain all such unnecessary charges in consumer electricity bills, and formed a special committee to review the methodology of such billing.

He expressed his dismay, saying that the regulatory authority was responsible safeguarding consumer rights, but it was continuously "slaughtering" consumers through high electricity bills.

Water and Power Secretary Shahid Rafi informed the committee that the ministry required Rs 8 billion for the Mangla Dam raising project, but the government had only released Rs 7 billion.

On this, the Finance Division secretary informed the PAC that the release of funds for the project was contained due to financial difficulties in the year 2007-08.

He asked the committee's help in getting the remaining released, "otherwise the project will be delayed and the cost will go up further.

Nisar also directed Rafi to submit a report on the illegal purchase of vehicles by WAPDA against PC-1.

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