Industrialists, traders reject gas suspension plans

Multan: Multan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) on Wednesday strongly reacted to the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited’s (SNGPL) move for three-month gas suspension to industry and four-day closure of CNG stations and termed the new gas load management plan as industry closure plan saying that it is not the industry only that would be suffering massively but the government would also be an ultimate loser on many counts.

MCCI President Mian Anis A Sheikh in a statement urged the government to immediately shelve the proposed load shedding to avert industrial closures and resultant massive lay-offs. “How can the industry afford to pay the all-time high mark up of 16 percent when there is in no gas for the industry for 90 days at a stretch,” he said.

He said that there is a global phenomenon that industry is given top priority whereas in Pakistan it comes to the least and other sectors are given priority. He also urged the government to replace obsolete gas geysers and heaters with latest solar geysers and heaters to ensure gas to the industry.

He said that around 40 percent of the industrial units in Punjab are run on gas and gas suspension means no production by almost half of the industry and a loss of millions of rupees to the exchequer.

Trading community of Multan also rejected the measures aimed at energy conservation and boosting tax collection terming it disastrous for country and fatal for economy.

“The prevailing tough situation is direct result of the incompetency of government, while measures announced by the authorities amounts to economic annihilation of the business community,” said Khawaja Muhammad Shafiq ,Khalid Mehmood Qureshi, Malik Nazir Ahmed Awan, Tariq Mehmood Malik, Sultan Mehmood Malik at a hurriedly called conference.

They said that energy conservation measures and new income tax forms would result in massive unemployment, which will trigger unrest as well as extremism. They said that business community and masses are not ready to pay the price of incompetence of the government functionaries.

Khawaja Suleman Siddiqui central Vice President of Anjuman Tajiran said that decisions taken by the Bureaucracy without consulting stakeholders have proved useless in the past and it will not work in the future.

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