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A recent survey by Gallup Pakistan shows that increase in the price of electricity is considered steeper than any other consumer item affecting an average citizen. The public puts the blame of high priced electricity in four different directions: Corruption and incompetence in WAPDA/KESC, the rates charged by HUBCO and power theft by the consumers themselves, the so called “Kunda” phenomenon; 27% put the blame on corrupt officials, 22% blame HUBCO, 18% blame incompetent officials, 18% blame power theft by consumers through “Kundas”. The remaining 8% explain the increase in price of electricity as a spillover of general inflation.

The survey was conducted by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International among a representative sample of more than 1000 men and women in the major urban areas of the country. The sample included a cross section of people belonging to various age, income, education and linguistic backgrounds. The text of this report can also be seen on the internet at: www.gallup.com.pk