ICCI slams historic hike in petroleum products prices
- October 16, 2021
Muhammad Shakeel Munir said that only in October 2021, the government has hiked the price of petrol by Rs.14.49/litre, high speed diesel by Rs.14.44/litre, LDO by Rs.17.66/litre and kerosene oil by Rs.18/litre which is not justified by any standards. He said that the people were already facing great difficulties due to high inflation and the business community was still struggling to combat the impact of Covid-19 pandemic. In these tough times, the government has made an exorbitant hike in POL products that would burden people with very high inflation besides making a manifold increase in cost of doing business. He urged that in these tough times, the government should avoid taking such harsh decisions and focus on promoting ease of doing business to steer the economy out of current challenges.
Jamshaid Akhtar Sheikh Senior Vice President and Muhammad Faheem Khan Vice President ICCI said that petrol price has gone up from around Rs.103/litre to Rs.137.79 /litre and that of diesel from around Rs.110/litre to Rs.134.48/litre from January to October 2021, which was a record increase. They said that the government was also considering increasing prices of electricity and gas under pressure of IMF, but such anti-business measures would jeopardize the survival of businesses and put an unbearable burden on people.
Mian Akram Farid, Chairman Founder Group said that the repeated hikes in the prices of POL products and utility tariffs would shatter the confidence of investors who needed consistency in prices and tariffs to make investment in Pakistan. He stressed that the government should withdraw all taxes and petroleum levy on POL products and withdraw the latest hike in the prices of POL products to provide some relief to the people.