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ISLAMABAD: The caretaker government is expected to make a final decision regarding relief in electricity bills on Tuesday (today), citing sources, ARY News reported.

Sources told ARY News that the caretaker government is likely to make the final decision on relief measures for the inflated electricity bills today.

Energy Minister Muhammad Ali met the Caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Anwaarul Haq Kakar today in which they discussed the overall situation after the nationals received inflated electricity bills.

They held consultations on options to provide relief to the power consumers.

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The caretaker premier summoned another session today which will be attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Water and Power and power distribution companies.

On Sunday, Caretaker PM Anwaarul Haq Kakar gave a 48-hour deadline for the formation of a strategy amid mounting public outcry over electricity price hikes.

In the emergency meeting convened over the increasing electricity prices, the caretaker PM was briefed on the rise in July electricity bills.

He said such measures should be taken, which will not exert burden on the national exchequer, and provide convenience to the consumers.

The caretaker PM directed that power sector reforms and short, medium and long-term plans should be presented at the earliest. He directed the relevant ministries to provide complete details of the officers and institutions enjoying the free electricity.

It was decided during the meeting that detailed consultation on the issue of excess in bills of July and implementation of energy-saving measures will be discussed with the provincial chief ministers tomorrow.

People across Pakistan are protesting against the inflated electricity bills to assert pressure on the government for relief.

The protesting masses have been demanding that the government should end the provision of free electricity to the notables and provide them relief as the bills they have been receiving are more than their salaries.

Abdul Gh Lone