Government Permits ‘Sky High’ Increase In Gasoline Prices
January 30, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar explains that the price of gasoline and high-speed diesel increased by 35 rupees per litre, that the price of kerosene oil has increased to 189.83 rupees per litre, and that the price of light diesel oil has increased to 187 rupees per liter. He also notes that on the instructions of the Prime Minister, the price of gasoline remained unchanged for the previous four months.
Due to an increase in the price of oil on the worldwide market and the devaluation of the Pakistani rupee against the US dollar, the government has increased the price of gasoline and high-speed diesel (HSD) by Rs 35/liter each.
|High Speed Diesel (HSD)||PKR 262.80|
|Light Diesel Oil (LDO)||PKR 187.00|
|Kerosene Oil||PKR 189.83|
Ishaq Dar, the federal minister of finance, announced a hike in the price of all petroleum products, including gasoline, high-sulfur diesel, kerosene, and light diesel oil, in a brief televised address on Sunday morning (LDO). The price of gasoline and diesel would rise by 35 rupees per liter, the minister announced. He announced an increase of Rs 18 per liter in the price of light fuel and kerosene.
High speed diesel now costs Rs 262.80 per liter as opposed to Rs 227.80 per liter before the hike. From an early price of Rs 214.80/liter, the price of motor spirit/petrol reached a record high of Rs 249.80/liter. Kerosene oil’s price has increased from Rs. 171.83/liter to Rs. 189.83/liter. Light diesel oil now costs Rs 187 per liter as opposed to Rs 169 per liter.
Ishaq Dar recalled that the price of gasoline did not increase during the previous four months, from October to January 29. He also said that kerosene and diesel costs have been reduced.
Last week, the Pakistani rupee lost about 12 percent of its value versus the US dollar, while oil prices rose 11 percent globally. On the instructions of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, it has been agreed to make a modest rise in the pricing of petroleum products notwithstanding international prices and currency depreciation, the finance minister stated. Dar stated that the hike is being implemented right away after the oil and gas regulatory authority’s proposal (OGRA).
OGRA claims that there have been complaints of false shortages and gasoline stockpiling in anticipation of price increases; as a result, this price increase is being implemented right away to address the artificial scarcity, the official stated. By 11 a.m., the revised pricing would go into effect in the following two to three minutes, according to Dar.
The minister anticipated that announcing increased pricing would put an end to rumor’s that gasoline supplies were running low. Due to the nation’s oil scarcity, the administration decided to modify fuel prices three days before the revision was supposed to take place on January 31.
Petrol stations all around the country stopped selling fuel on Saturday as a result of rumours that the price of gasoline and HSD will increase by up to Rs80 per litre. Rumors of a significant increase in oil prices for the upcoming two weeks led to stockpiling at gas stations and the artificial closure of more than 80% of gas stations in various parts of the nation.
According to a government source, the government computed the price of oil using oil prices up until October 27 and the average rupee conversion rate of Rs 236 per dollar.
The revised pricing are valid through February 15, 2023.
Fiscal restraint is necessary for the nation’s development and can only be achieved when democracy is stabilised, according to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who earlier made this statement at the conclusion of the two-day Bacha Khan Conference.
He stated that we need to stop depending on foreign help. He said that the late Bacha Khan had advocated for using native resources rather than ones that were imported.
Senator Yusuf Raza Gillani, a former prime minister and the head of the Pakistan People’s Party, had before urged adherence to the Constitution to uphold the rule of law and enhance democracy in the nation.
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