Pakistan increases petrol price by Rs2/litre
ISLAMABAD - Petrol prices will go up by Rs 2 per litre from July 1, announced the federal government on Sunday.
Special Assistant to PM on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill in a tweet said that the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had recommended Rs5-6/litre increase in petrol price but Prime Minister Imran Khan approved only Rs2/litre hike.
انٹرنیشنل مارکیٹ میں قیمتوں میں اضافے کی وجہ سے اوگرا نے 6 روپے 5 پیسے فی لیٹر پیٹرول کی قیمت میں اضافہ تجویز کیا تھا۔لیکن وزیراعظم نے صرف 2 روپے فی لیٹر اضافے کی اجازت دی ہے۔ ڈیزل فی لیٹر3 روپے 44پیسے اضافے کی تجویز تھی لیکن صرف ایک روپئیہ چوالیس پیسے اضافے کی اجازت دی گئی ہے۔ pic.twitter.com/JlxH32hhGJ— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) June 30, 2021
He further said that the price of diesel has been increased by Rs1.44, instead Rs3.44 proposed by the regulatory authority.
The following will be the new prices of petroleum products w.e.f 1st July 2021:
|Product||Existing Price||New Price||Difference|
An official statement said that the government has maintained the practice of keeping the prices of petroleum products at an affordable level to provide relief to consumers.
"OGRA has been recommending substantial increase in the prices of Petroleum products since 1st May 2021, corresponding to the increase in prices of the petroleum products in the International markets. However, keeping in view the welfare of the general public, the government has absorbed the impact of the increase by making adjustments in sales tax and petroleum levy," read the statement.
Currently, the petroleum levy rates are at the lowest of last six years. During the financial year 2020-21, the government has provided Rs. 252.41 billion subsidy to the consumers by keeping low the petroleum levy rates against the budgeted Rs. 30/liter on all products.
Comparing petrol prices with regional countries in an infographic image, the government said that Pakistan has the lowest prices.
On Tuesday, OGRA forwarded a summary to the Petroleum Division, suggesting an increase by Rs6/litre in petrol price and Rs3 in HSD price for first 15 days of July.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Finance gave go-ahead to increase prices of petroleum products by up to Rs2.13 from June 16.
It had approved an increase of Rs2.1 per litre in the price of petrol and Rs1.79 in price of high-speed diesel (HSD). Additionally, the prices of kerosene and light diesel oil were also increased by Rs1.89 per litre and Rs2.03, respectively.
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