In a significant move to address the mounting circular debt crisis in the energy sector, the government has unveiled a plan to collect an additional Rs721 billion from electricity consumers during the current financial year. The decision comes as a response to the pressing need to reduce the burgeoning circular debt and stabilise the energy sector’s financial health.

Sources within the Finance Ministry have revealed that the government has informed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of its comprehensive strategy, which entails a multi-pronged approach to boost revenue and mitigate circular debt. The plan involves a series of phased electricity tariff hikes and adjustments over the coming months.

According to the proposed timeline, the electricity price will initially be raised by Rs1.25 per unit until September. This adjustment is projected to generate approximately Rs39 billion in additional revenue through quarterly adjustments. This initial step aims to provide a quick injection of funds into the energy sector.


Following this, from September to December, electricity tariffs are set to witness a further increase of Rs4.37 per unit under the banner of fuel adjustment charges. This particular measure is anticipated to contribute Rs122 billion to the overall revenue pool, providing a substantial boost to the government’s efforts to reduce circular debt.

Moreover, an ambitious plan to raise the power tariff by Rs5.75 under annual rebasing is on the horizon, with projections suggesting that this move could generate an impressive Rs560 billion in revenue. The cumulative effect of these tariff hikes is expected to bring about a significant reduction in the circular debt that has plagued the energy sector for years.

The government’s overarching objective is to curtail the circular debt of the power sector, which had skyrocketed to an alarming Rs2,700 billion by June 2023. With the implementation of the proposed tariff adjustments and revenue generation measures, officials are optimistic that the circular debt will be reined in substantially.

By the end of the current financial year, the government aims to limit the circular debt to Rs2,130 billion, marking a significant milestone in the long-standing battle to stabilise the energy sector’s finances. These measures, though they might impose a temporary burden on electricity consumers, are viewed as critical steps towards achieving a more sustainable and reliable energy infrastructure for the country.