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The federal cabinet has approved an increase in electricity rates for commercial, agricultural, and large consumers, while maintaining current rates for industrial users, according to reports on Thursday.

The Power Division has notified the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) of this decision. Starting in July, commercial consumers will experience a per-unit rate hike of Rs8.04, bringing it to Rs77.15.

Agricultural consumers will see their rate increase by Rs6.62 per unit, reaching Rs46.83. Meanwhile, the tariff for general services will rise by Rs6.98 per unit to Rs61.03, and non-protected consumers will face a hike of Rs5.51 per unit, making it Rs59.96.

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Industrial consumers will continue paying existing rates. Recently, Nepra announced a fuel cost adjustment increase of Rs3.33 per unit for May, applicable to all categories except Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) and lifeline consumers.

This decision is expected to impose an additional cost of over Rs580 billion on consumers in the current fiscal year. It follows the government’s approval of a potential 51% or Rs7.12 per-unit price increase effective from July.

The average national electricity price has risen by Rs4.55 per unit, increasing the uniform rate from Rs29 to Rs35.50 per unit. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced relief measures for consumers using less than 200 units of electricity over the next three months.

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