ISLAMABAD: The government has announced to increase prices of petrol and high speed diesel (HSD) by Rs1 from Thursday (today). However, the prices of kerosene oil and light diesel oil (LDO) will remain unchanged.
“The government has decided to increase the price of MS-92 RON petrol and the HSD by Rs1 per litre. This is almost half of the increase recommended by Ogra [Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority],” said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday while talking to reporters.
After the increase, the price of diesel is now pegged at Rs80.48 per litre while the price of petrol is now Rs71.29 per litre. The prices of kerosene oil and the LDO will remain Rs43.25 and Rs43.34 per litre, respectively.
Petrol, diesel prices go up by Rs1 per litre
According to a statement, the Ministry of Petroleum and Ogra had recommended an increase of Rs1.91 per litre in the price of MS 92 RON petrol, Rs2.03 per litre in the price of HSD, Rs16.71 per litre in the price of kerosene oil and Rs12.53 per litre in the price of the LDO.
“[However,] in line with the PM’s instructions to provide maximum relief to the common man, and keeping in view that kerosene oil and LDO are used by the low-income segments…, it has been decided to maintain their prices …at the current level till end of February,” the finance ministry said.
“This decision has been taken in view of the fact that kerosene oil caters to the energy needs of the poor, especially in the winter season,” the statement added.
Petrol, diesel prices up by Rs2.25, Rs2.26 per litre
The government claims that in order to maintain stability, prices have been maintained since April 2016 despite an increase of around 43% in international oil prices during 2016.
“The government has been absorbing the negative financial impact due to its decision to not pass on price hike to the end consumers.
However, apparently the decision not to change prices of kerosene oil and LDO will not provide relief to the common man, as claimed by the government. The LDO is used in the industry while the kerosene oil is being largely mixed by oil refineries and petroleum dealers in diesel for adulteration.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2017.