KARACHI (Online)-Payment of electricity bills by the consumers has been deferred by the govt for 10 days here in view of the severe reaction shown by them against the persistent loadshedding and issue of bills at highly increased tariff. A high-level meeting under Minister of Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf was held here on Wednesday at Governor's House to review the situation arising out of announcement by people and industrialists on non-payment of electricity bills in the wake of highly inflated tariff. The meeting was attended by Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad, Provincial Minister for Industries Rauf Siddiqui, senior officials of WAPDA and KESC and representatives of industrialists and traders. Addressing the meeting, Minister for Water and Power said that subsidy was being withdrawn under donor agencies pressure. The crisis is outcome of increase in demand and decrease in supply, which will be overcome, he told. It has been decided to introduce uniform tariff all over the country, he informed. Governor Sindh said not only Karachi but also the whole country was facing power crisis ,adding, extra ordinary steps should be taken to overcome this crisis. Expressing concern over the loadshedding and increase in power tariff, industrialists and traders demanded of the govt to withdraw the increased power tariff and bring an end to loadshedding ,otherwise, they would be forced to shut down their industries. A high-powered committee comprising elected representatives of people, officials of KESC and Wapda and industrialists has been constituted to put forth suggestions to end load shedding besides reviewing power tariff. The Committee will present its report within 10 days. In the light of this report new bills will be issued. Committee will meet in Islamabad after 10 days. The payment of bills will be further deferred for some period if the committee fails to take any decision.