ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Distributors Association of the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) has called for taking solid steps to maintain price of the fuel at affordable level for extending relief to its consumers.
The association’s Chairman Muhammad Irfan Khokhar told APP the LPG was mainly used as fuel by the poor people of the remote areas and rising trend in its price would put extra burden on their pockets.
He said the association had written a litter with the request to cap Nov 2013 Producer Price for next three months in order to make poor consumer buy LPG at reasonable price.
He said such instruction be issued to all related departments for its immediate implementation.
” We are very much thankful to you for your kind instructions to all LPG Producers to cap their prices for Nov 2013 as of Oct 2013 price. This effect helped a lot in controlling the LPG Price hike for the end consumer. And this is the first time in the history that the LPG Producers did not change their price for the month of Nov 2013,” he said while quoting the letter.
He said now the CP for Dec 2013 in the International Marketing was going up by USD 1,049 from the CP of Nov 2013 i.e USD 838 excluding taxes, making a net increase of USD 211 per Metric Ton.
He claimed there was some forces in LPG market that had formed a cartel, affecting rises on their own to extract money from the poor people.
He was of the view that it would be the record increase in LPG prices if the government did not intervene and stop the local producers from increasing the prices in the country.
He said the LPG distributors association would extend support to the government to make effective measures for extending relief to consumers.
He said the energy crisis could be overcome in a short time, if the OGRA made efforts wholeheartedly in light of the LPG rules and its mandate, in this regard.
He also underlined the need for taking solid steps to explore indigenous hydrocarbon resources to effectively tackle the energy challenges confronting the country.
Experts foresee further increase in prices in December and January when demand would go up.