Petrol Price Same- High Speed Diesel Price Decreased
The Government of Pakistan has decided to maintain the current petrol price till 15th of October. However, the price of high speed diesel is decreased by Rs. 2.40 per liter.
Earlier, the media reports had stated that Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had sent a summary to Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) to decrease the petrol price by Rs. 3-4. OGRA had stated in his summary that petroleum prices in international market have decreased. That is why they have sent the summary to decrease petroleum prices in Pakistan.
It is pertinent to mention that the government of Pakistan did not increase the petrol prices in September 2020. Prime Minister Imran Khan had rejected the summary by OGRA. The last time petroleum prices were increased, was in August 2020.
The government determines local petrol prices based on past prices of international oil. It calculates the prices by keeping view the rates at which crude oil was imported by the country. The means the petrol you use today was imported in its raw form around 45 days earlier.
Petrol Price and Levy:
Earlier, when petrol was at Rs74.5 per liter, the government was criticized for imposing record-high Petroleum Levy (PL) on petroleum goods. According to statistics, federal government increased the PL on petrol by 20.3%, taking it from Rs19.73 to Rs23.76 per liter. Meanwhile, high-speed diesel was hiked from Rs25.05 to Rs30 per liter. Moreover, the PL on Kerosene oil and light-speed diesel stands at Rs18.02 and Rs11.18 per liter, respectively.
What do you think about the government’s decision, do you think the ruling party should’ve reduced the prices of petrol to give a relief? Or do you think it is a right decision to keep the prices of petrol same for this month? Do you think it will effect the daily life and business of masses?
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