The Chief Executive of the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), Dr. Muhammad Amjad Khan, issued a directive on Monday aimed at assisting customers who are facing difficulties in paying their electricity bills in full. As part of this initiative, installment plans will be made available to customers. Additionally, the due dates for electricity bill payments are being extended to accommodate the convenience of customers.
Dr. Amjad Khan urged IESCO customers to reach out to the relevant sub-divisional offices, revenue offices, or customer service centers if they encounter any issues or concerns regarding their electricity bills.
It’s worth noting that this announcement coincides with ongoing protests taking place across the country in response to what many perceive as inflated electricity bills. On Monday, hundreds of people gathered outside the IESCO office in Rawalpindi to protest against high charges. These protests have been ongoing for four days in various parts of the country.
To ensure the safety of both customers and IESCO personnel, additional security measures have been implemented, including involving the police.
The protesters have been vocal in expressing their dissatisfaction with the electric utility company, and they are demanding reductions in the substantial charges or vowing to withhold bill payments. These protests are occurring against the backdrop of broader economic challenges, with citizens already grappling with significant inflation.
These public demonstrations are widespread, spanning cities such as Sargodha, Hafizabad, Vehari, Arifwala, Bahawalnagar, Hyderabad, Gujrat, Multan, Chichawatni, Mandi Bahauddin, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh, Pakpattan, Mansehra, Sahiwal, Rawalpindi, Lodhran, and Sheikhupura.
These protests underscore the growing frustration of citizens as they contend with soaring electricity prices, increased taxes, and the broader economic challenges posed by inflation and price hikes.