Nowadays, almost everything is prepaid. If you want something, you have to pay for it. From mobile phone credit to house rents, you have to pay the money in advance to enjoy the benefits of a service. Now, the government is considering to introduce a similar method in the payment system for electricity in Pakistan. Prepaid meters, which is one of the good options to overcome circular debt and energy shortage issues, are coming to Pakistan.
Soon, you will have to purchase the electricity by using prepaid cards. Just like you purchase the credit for your mobile phone.
According to the details, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has said that the poor quality circular debt issue has badly affected the energy supply to business and industry, multiplied problems of the common man and caused huge losses to the economy.
Atif Ikram Sheikh, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the system of prepaid meters is an effective way to cope with the issues of power sector liabilities and electricity theft. He urged that government should introduce pre-paid meter system that would help in improving power sector cash flows leading to improved power generation and reduced load shedding.
The developed countries already use prepaid electricity meters. In Europe, If a person does not purchase the electricity units, his/her electricity automatically gets terminated. Whereas in Pakistan, there are people who are enjoying the electricity without paying the bills for many years.
If prepaid meters are introduced, people of Pakistan will enjoy modern bill payment system. Instead of standing in the long queues for paying the electricity bill, they would be able to recharge their electricity account right from their house.
It is also worth mentioning here that the linemen (electricity technicians) in Pakistan are also very dishonest. They take small money from people and let them use the electricity without asking them for their bill payment.
Prepaid meters will get the public rid of all these fraudulent activities in the power sector of Pakistan.