The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) once again increased the prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by Rs12 per kg.
According to a notification issued by OGRA, the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) was increased by Rs60 per kg to Rs278 per kg.
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Meanwhile, the domestic cylinder rate has been increased by Rs136 and that of the commercial cylinders by Rs525. The new rates of LPG with increased prices will be Rs3,141 per domestic cylinder and Rs12,086 for commercial cylinders.
Earlier this month on 16th February The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) issued a notification regarding an increase in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) prices and jacking up the sales tax on the domestic cylinder.
The OGRA issued a notification for hiking the LPG prices. The authority hiked Rupees 27 on the domestic cylinder and the sales tax was increased from 17% to 18%.
After hiking the sales tax, the LPG price was increased to Rupees 3.21 per kilogram. The new price of the LPG per kilogram is fixed at Rupees 266. The new price of the 11.8-kg domestic cylinder was fixed at Rupees 3,141.67.
Ealier this month Govt drops the Gas bomb on inflation-hit citizens. After the hike in Petrol Prices, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has jacked up the gas prices by 113%.
The notification issued by OGRA states that gas prices were hiked from 16% to 113% for different sectors including domestic consumers. Domestic consumers were divided into 12 categories of protected and unprotected consumers.
On 13th February 2023, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet approved the summary for hiking the gas price by 112% for domestic consumers.
The federal government decided to put an additional financial burden of over Rs310 billion on gas consumers in order to revive IMF Program. The gas price will be hiked by 112% for domestic consumers.
It was learned that there will be 10 slabs of the gas pricing for domestic consumers. Rupees 500 fixed charges were imposed on unprotected residential consumers. Moreover, fixed charges of Rs 50 were also imposed on protected residential consumers.
The new prices for the export sector were increased up to 34% and fixed at Rs1,100 per MMBtu, a 13.9% hike for common industries and fixed at Rs1,200 per MMBtu, 32% hike for the CNG sector and fixed at Rs1,805 per MMBtu and 15% increase for cement companies and fixed at Rs1,500 per MMBtu.
The committee approved gas price revision for domestic, commercial, and power sectors for six months from January to June 2023.
Earlier Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar introduced the Finance Bill (Supplementary) the “mini-budget” in the National Assembly in order to meet IMF Conditions for the approval of the loan program needed to avoid a default.
While addressing the Parliament, the finance minister compared the performance of the previous PML-N and PTI governments.
The finance minister also announces to increase General Sales Tax GST rate from 17 to 18% and increasing the Federal Excise Duty (FED) on cigarettes and Tobacco in order to fetch an additional Rs115 billion out of Rs170 billion agreed to by Pakistan in line with the IMF conditions.
- Govt has increased GST on luxury items from 17% to 25%
- Increase in federal excise duty on cigarettes and fizzy drinks.
- Increase in federal excise duty on cement
- GST has been increased from 17pc to 18pc
- Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) handouts increased to Rs400bn from Rs360bn
- FDE on business and first-class air tickets to now be Rs20,000 or 50% — whichever is higher
- GST is to not be imposed on essential goods.
IMF Virtual Talks
Virtual talks between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan for the completion of the ninth review of the $7 billion loan program began a day earlier before presenting Finance Bill.
The officials of the finance ministry would brief the IMF about the implementation of the conditions set by them for the revival of the loan program. it was reported that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan moved closer to the revival of the $7 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF) as the IMF responded to the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP) draft and soon the revival of $7 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF) will be completed.
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