March 18, 2014
Agri Forum Pakistan (AFP) Chairman Dr Ibrahim Mughal has urged the government to take steps for stopping pilferage of gas worth Rs 80 billion per annum instead of raising its prices. Talking to media persons on Monday, Dr Mughal claimed that gas companies were demanding increase of 30 to 40 per cent in gas prices, which was total unjustifiable.
He said that the government should stop 11 per cent gas theft and also control corruption prevailing in these companies, which might save Rs 80 billion to the national kitty, he claimed. He said that by increasing prices of the utility government would only be able to achieve Rs 40 billion. Thus by stopping gas theft government could avoid increase in its prices for two years.
He also urged the government to immediately import LNG so as to meet the shortage of CNG in the country and reduce burden of price hike from the masses. Agri Forum Chairman also urged the government to avoid delay in exploration of eight more gas wells and bring 17 per cent new gas in the system to get rid of its loadshedding and resolving the hardships being faced by the nation. Recorder