Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry opposes restriction on filling of Compressed Natural Gas in above 1000 CC vehicles

Karachi, May 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has opposed the restriction on filling of CNG in above 1000 CC vehicles. In an emergent meeting of FPCCI Standing Committee on CNG held at the Federation House on 22nd May, 2013, to evaluate the reported Prime Ministerial directive to suspend filling of CNG in all vehicles above 1000cc.

Mr. Gulzar Firoz, Vice President FPCCI strongly condemned the decision and termed it irrational, illegal, discriminatory and violation of basic rights of the consumers. Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on CNG, Suleman H. Sulemanjee briefed the Vice President and Committee members that earlier, the Ministry of Petroleum had moved a similar summary under the instructions of the previous government that was rejected by the ECC after extensive deliberations and arguments, declaring the policy as unjustified. Subsequently the same rejected summary by previous ECC members was presented to the Interim Prime Minister, who has reportedly issued this illegal, unjustified directives without consultation with the stakeholders nor the proper procedure of issuing policy guidelines have been adopted.

It is most pertinent to mention that Mr. Khawaja M. Asif of the PML (N) noticing the extraordinary interference of the interim Government beyond their purview and mandate have also obtained a stay though the Honorable Court restricting the interim Government from indulging into such activities.

It was also highlighted that a consumer having 1200cc old car with CNG valuing approx Rs0.4 million is now forced to buy 800cc or 1000cc vehicle amounting to Rs one million in order to avail CNG. It appears that the decision may have been motivated in view of factors having malafide intentions and the result would be suffering of the less privileged class who are the users of the pocket friendly fuel to pass on the benefit to the privileged class. With this decision and the routine closure of the CNG by the Gas companies despite of court orders will be the last nail in the coffin for the CNG industry and the 400,000 families associated with this industry is on the verge of being jobless.

For more information, contact:
Syed Masood Alam Rizvi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +9221 3587 4332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk
URL: www.fpcci.com.pk

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