In an effort to save energy, Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments have all agreed to close markets nationwide by 8 p.m., according to Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal.
According to Geo News, he made this statement to the media after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held in Islamabad under the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Iqbal claimed that the planning minister of Balochistan represented the provincial government in the huddle along with the chief ministers of Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He added that this program could result in annual savings of about $1 billion.
According to him, provincial government representatives were in attendance at the NEC meeting and had been advised to put it into practise in order to conserve valuable resources, as reported by Geo News.
The federal government’s use of electricity by all departments was to be reduced by 30%, according to a directive from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to the relevant authorities.
According to the coalition government, the measures the cabinet approved will help the cash-strapped nation save about 62 billion Pakistani rupees and cut down on the cost of energy imports.
According to Geo News, the measures were never fully put into place nationwide.