The Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Distributors Association has called off a protest call against less profit margin and high transportation cost of the commodity in Azad Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit Batlistan and Northern Areas after successful negotiation with Advisor to the Prime Minister Natural Resources.
The negation was held by Chairman All Pakistan LPG Distributors Association Irfan Khokhar and representative of AJK, Chitral, G-B, Malakand, Hazara Division and erstwhile Fata led by Advisor to PM Nadeem Babar held meeting Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and official of Petroleum Ministry and after successful negotiation called the strike call of Saturday. The ministry has accepted all the demands regarding black marketing of LPG and in next meeting Economic Coordination Committee will take important decision regarding LPG. OGRA will issue rates for 15 days time and distributers and marketing companies margin would be separately adjusted.
The price would be adjusted for the hilly areas as per transportation cost. It was also decided that action would be taken against the low standard LPG cylinders. A separate notification would be issued for AJK, Northern Areas, Hazara Division.
Irfan Khokhar said that it was very important to save trees as per the Green Pakistan vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said that on low price LP|G should be ensured for the people of these areas, adding that subsidy should be provided on extra charges of the LPG in these areas.
A small domestic LPG cylinder of 11.8kg cost Rs350 to Rs400 in transportation charges which increase the cost of the LPG cylinder while decrease the margin of the distributors,
He said on the LPG cylinder of 11.8kg the transportation related cost to the hilly area is around Rs350 to Rs400 which make it expensive in these areas while the profit margin of the distributors decreases.
Ideally in these mountainous areas LPG should always be easily accessible on affordable rates but it is not the case.