LAHORE: Government need to take some serious steps for the availability of LPG at fewer prices to the consumer and government should discourage the sellers for getting heavy profit and more pressure on the public.
This was stated by Chairman LPG Industries Association of Pakistan Irfan Khokhar while talking to Customs Today.
He said that with the mutual consent of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) the sellers (LPG mafia) have increased the prices of LPG Rs5 per kilogram, 50 dom & 200 commercial cylinder without any notification from Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA).
Chairman LPG Distributors Association Pakistan Irfan Khokhar said that locally produced gas is now being sold at international prices that are burdon on gas consumers. LPG mafia is also decreasing government of Pakistan’s efforts for economic gas rates because government want to provide gas to the consumers on low rates but sellers going to put pressure on the citizens.
All 30 to35 local quota holders should be dissolved and all 132 LPG marketing companies should be provided with equal quotas and prices should be decided after including imported LPG upto 50 percent. $32 terminal charges should be reduced to $11 and 5.5 percent advance tax should be excluded, stated by Irfan Khokhar.
Further said that Rs15 per kilogram should be charged as tax from local producers and by this earning, General Sales Tax (GST) and advance tax should be paid by Government itself to relieve the import resulting Rs 80 per Kilograme throughout the country.
Khokhar said that CP plus 50 formulas should remove and tax should only charge on CP. Summary for suggestions would be presented to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a meeting in Islamabad.
Talking about the new prices, he told that in Karachi Rs 95 per kilogram, in Lahore, in Kasur, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Jehlam, Sahiwal, Sialkot, Daska, Peshawar the rate is Rs 100 per kilograme.
In Rahim Yar Khan and Sadiqabad 110 kilogram, the rate in hyderbad,attock, Mirpur and Azad Jamu & Kashmir the rate is Rs120 kilogram, Khokhar said.
He said that Installation of LPG dispensers should be allowed at all CNG stations, adding more that he will present the summary for suggestions to prime minister in Islamabad. That is based on the suggestions and solutions about the problems faced by the LPG sector.
He stated that Local quota holders have started repulsive profits after selling local LPG at international rates. Poor people unable to get benefit from government efforts of keeping historical low local LPG prices. We will not allow defaming the government by this corrupt activity by LPG sellers.