The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has suggested the Petroleum Division increase the prices of petroleum products from June 1.
According to sources, OGRA has also sent a summary in this regard in which it has proposed hiking the price of diesel by Rs4.30 per litre. Meanwhile, a slight increase in the price of petrol and kerosene has also been suggested.
However, the OGRA is proposing to maintain the price of light diesel, sources said.
The final decision on the prices of petroleum products will be taken by the Ministry of Finance in consultation with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
On May 15, the government had decided to keep the prices of petroleum products unchanged for the remaining month of May.
“The petroleum products price will remain the same till May 31,” the State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib had said, adding Prime Minister Imran Khan had decided not to burden the people despite increasing rates in the international market.
The minister had claimed the national exchequer would suffer a loss of Rs2.77 billion if the rates of petroleum products are not increased.
“The government has not only adjusted petroleum levy but also reduced the sales tax on light diesel and kerosene oil.”
Therefore, petrol will continue to cost Rs108.56 per litre, diesel Rs110.76 per litre, kerosene oil Rs80, and light diesel oil Rs77.65 per litre until tomorrow — May 31.