KARACHI - The citizens of this metropolis now getting into another tormented situation regarding bill payment, The Nation learnt from the consumers. The government had announced few days back that the consumers of electricity utility would have to pay 60% of their bills for this month. The decision (though cruel) was accepted by the consumers of the KESC to pay for their electricity consumption. Now, at this point another problem arises as the billing amount is according to the new and increased tariff rates. The total amount in the bills have this effect and its irritating for the public and the bank officials to separate 60% amount from the total amount. This exasperating situation has now put the general public and the bank staff into complete put off condition. "This situation should have been resolved by the Power Company itself. It demands extra work from the staff and we don't have additional staff to perform this tiring duty," said a bank manager. "The company should have appointed someone to do this work for us or they were supposed to do this before sanding the bills to the customers," he added. On the other hand, general public is of the opinion that this is another of KESC motto to make the public annoyed and disappointed by its 'excellent' service. The company fails to provide any relief to the Karachiites but much eager to enhance the miseries of the common layman in the metropolitan. "I am a simple and partially educated person. I have no idea about this situation. I simple want to know about the amount I have to pay for this month. But this 60 % issue has confused me a lot," said an old man. It is pertinent to mention here that the consumers of the metropolitan are now getting soaring bills. The decision by the government came late and now the panic regarding the true amount of bill to pay creates confusion among the poor illiterate citizens of this city. It is difficult for general public to detect the price after 40 % relaxation.   On the other hand, Tanvir Ahmed Sheikh, president FPCCI appreciated the step of holding a meeting by the ministry of water & power to discuss the proposed high tariff of electricity. This meeting was convened by Raja Pervez Ashraf, minister for water & power, advisor on finance Shaukat Tarin and Hina Rabbani Khar also attended the meeting. FPCCI was represented by Zubair Tufail, vice president FPCCI, Anjum Nisar, Karachi chamber's president, Zubair Motiwala and Shafqat Ellahi represented APTMA. Representatives of FPCCI and other bodies informed the ministers that proposed high tariff of electricity to the extent of 40-70% is not acceptable to trade and industry, as they will not be able to compete in the international market and they also demanded withdrawal of 10% with holding tax on electricity bills. All the ministers fully understood the difficulties and formed a committee under the chairperson of Hina Rabbani Khar. The chairperson proposed average increase of 31% in electricity tariff which was not accepted by the representatives of FPCCI, KCCI & APTMA in view of sharp fall in crude oil and furnace oil prices. FPCCI suggested maximum increase of 10% in tariff, which the chairperson agreed to submit to the minister of water and power and to advisor on finance for their decision. The consumers of KESC have rejected 71 percent increase in power tariff and called upon the management of the company to maintain power rates according to its original commitment and obligation of privatisation contract. The private share-holders under the chairmanship of Mehfooz-un-Nabi Khan made this announcement. In a declaration adopted on the occasion, they pledged full support to the just demand of Karachi chamber of commerce and industry (KCCI) for immediate withdrawal of the recent increase in the power tariff and expressed solidarity with the citizens of Karachi to face KESC's highhandedness on account of increased electricity tariff and load-shedding. Meanwhile, the situation of electricity in the "city of lights" continues to play hide and seek with its residents. The total of 8 to 10 hours load-shedding still persists in the city on rotational bases. Almost all the areas of the city are badly affected by this practice of KESC. Bin Qasim injected 600 MWs of electricity in the city. Kannup remained shut down and IPPs below to their production level. The total amount supplied to the city was 2000 MWs while the demand of the city is above 2400 MWs.