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PM orders refund of excessive bills charged from gas consumers

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has instructed the high-ups of gas utilities to refund the amount charged from natural gas consumers through inflated bills.

Presiding over a meeting on the issue of inflated gas bills here, the prime minister also ordered strict action against the officials involved in sending the bills to the consumers.

Finance Minister Asad Umar, Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and senior officials of the ministries and departments concerned attended the meeting.

The prime minister was presented with a preliminary inquiry report. He was told that as per the inquiry, 30 per cent of the gas consumers were sent inflated gas bills.

Mr Khan directed the authorities concerned to continue the investigation to dig out all the facts.

The public would be updated with future developments in this regard, said a statement issued by the PM Office.

It has been reported that inflated gas bills were issued due to an increase in slabs of consumption set by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority and the federal cabinet approved the hike.

Under the new slabs, consumption of over 500mmf is charged at a rate of Rs1,470 per unit and the entire monthly consumption will be charged at that rate.

The government had formed a four-member committee headed by Additional Secretary (Policy) of the Petroleum Division Sher Afgan Khan to investigate complaints against the inflated gas bills on Feb 4.