Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has rejected a summary recommending a four percent increase in power tariff. According to official sources, the summary had been sent to the prime minister by the Water and Power Ministry through the Ministry of Finance. Sources said Prime Minister Gilani, while rejecting the summary, observed that the masses cannot be burdened with further inflation. The prime minister suggested that financial losses in the power sector should be compensated by bringing improvements in the system. It had earlier been reported that power distribution companies had filed an application with the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), seeking an increase of Rs1.76 per unit in electricity tariff under the fuel price adjustment mechanism. According to the application, average electricity production cost remained at Rs5.63 per unit in September while approved reference price for the month was Rs3.87 per unit, leaving a difference of Rs1.76, which should be allowed to recover.