Pakistanis are unlikely to receive any relief in the form of a reduction in the prices of petroleum products in the next fortnightly review.
According to OGRA, it was unlikely that the next review of petroleum prices would provide any relief to the consumers, as international prices of crude and petroleum products did not leave room for the government to reduce prices.
The people said ex-refinery prices of diesel and petrol were showing a nominal reduction for the next fortnight; however, it could not be adjusted to lower the prices of petroleum products as the government has yet to adjust the exchange losses, which have been lingering on for quite some time.
In the last review regarding petrol prices the government kept the prices of petroleum products unchanged by not adjusting the exchange loss, which was likely to be adjusted in the next review, they believed.
With the need to adjust the exchange loss along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) demand to generate additional revenue by raising the petroleum levy on diesel, the government was not in a position to reduce the prices of petroleum products for end consumers.
Presently, the government is charging 50 rupees petroleum levy on petrol and Rs12 on diesel, whereas under the accord with the IMF, it has to jack up the levy on diesel to collect the additional revenue.
The people pointed out that if the government adjusted the exchange loss and raised the petroleum levy on diesel to Rs50 as per IMF conditions, the price of diesel might go up manifold.
Remember there’s a chance that Finance Minister will jack up the petrol prices in the next review.