Govt Increases TV and Radio Fee in Electricity Bills
In a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue, chaired by Senator Saleem Mandviwala at Parliament House, an important decision by the government was revealed. The committee members were informed about the government’s plan to include radio fees alongside television charges in electricity bills. This decision has come into effect immediately, impacting consumers across the country.
During the meeting, officials from the Ministry of Finance presented a briefing to the committee members regarding the inclusion of a flat fee in consumer electricity bills. The fee, amounting to Rs. 50, will be applicable to all consumers and will be divided into Rs. 35 for Pakistan Television (PTV) charges and Rs. 15 for radio fees. This step has been taken to streamline the billing process and ensure the collection of dues for these services.
2. Imposition of TV and Radio Fees
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has prepared a summary to implement the inclusion of TV and radio fees in electricity bills. This decision, effective from July onwards, aims to generate revenue for PTV and radio services. By adding these charges to electricity bills, the government hopes to ensure a consistent and reliable source of funding for these broadcasting platforms.
The Ministry of Finance expedited the implementation of these measures based on the recommendations put forward by the Senate Committee of Finance and Revenue. This decision is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen the financial sustainability of PTV and radio services.
3. Allocation for Subsidized Food Items
In addition to the TV and radio fee imposition, the meeting shed light on the allocation of funds for subsidized food items at Utility Stores. An impressive amount of Rs. 35 billion has been set aside to provide essential food items to the general public at affordable prices. Out of this total sum, Rs. 5 billion has been specifically allocated for the Prime Minister’s Ramazan Relief Package.
This allocation demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing the needs of the people by ensuring the availability of affordable food items during important occasions like Ramazan.
4. Incentives for the IT Sector
The Ministry of Finance also presented the latest incentives for the Information Technology (IT) sector during the meeting. As part of these incentives, Rs. 10 billion has been allocated for the Prime Minister’s laptop scheme, aimed at providing laptops to students across the country.
Furthermore, tech companies operating in Pakistan have been granted permission to retain 25 percent of their export earnings. This step encourages the growth and development of the IT sector, boosting the country’s economy and creating job opportunities for skilled professionals.
The government’s decision to increase TV and radio fees in electricity bills with immediate effect aims to ensure a sustainable source of funding for these important broadcasting services. By including these charges in consumer bills, the government intends to strengthen the financial viability of PTV and radio services.
Additionally, the allocation of funds for subsidized food items at Utility Stores highlights the government’s commitment to providing essential items at affordable prices, particularly during important occasions like Ramazan.
The incentives offered to the IT sector further demonstrate the government’s focus on promoting technological advancements and facilitating growth in this vital industry.