Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association concerned over worst condition of Electricity Load-shedding

Karachi: Mr. Tariq Zakaria, the senior Vice Chairman of Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association has expressed concern over worst condition of Electricity Load-shedding and closure of gas supply to soap industry in Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala and other parts of the country.

Commenting the current economic conditions of the country, he said that at present our industries are passing through a very critical phase due to un-controllable law and order situation, acts of terrorism and sectarian violence and real painful energy shortage etc.

On recent action of SNGPL, the Senior Vice Chairman said that soap industry falls under four days heavy load curtailment schedule on weekly basis, causing closure of soap manufacturing units, because they do not have any other alternative arrangement of energy to run their factories.

He pointed-out that electricity load-shedding has been reached up to 12 hours. All of us know that soap industry has great importance in the field of cleaning and washing arena, equally important as textile industry, if the textile sector is exempted for non supply of gas by the gas authorities, the soap sector should also be given same importance. This short of discriminatory attitude on the part of local gas management authorities is very much regretted which needs to be changed and amended immediately.

Mr. Tariq added that non availability of gas is causing serious damage to the expensive equipments and furnaces. In the absence of gas supply our members tried their level best to operate the furnaces by utilizing all other available energy resources which could not be proved useful on contrary it caused massive damage to the existing infrastructure which is certainly not bearable for soap manufacturers.

It was further stated that in the absence of gas supply the production of soap will be suffered and soap will be vanished/disappeared from the local market and consumers will ultimately suffer a lot, resultantly on the other hand the soap industry will come at the verge of ruin which will not be fatal only for the factory owners, but also for the labour class as well. This state of affair will finally create unemployment and further deteriorate law & order situation in the country at large.

He urged the government to reverse the decision without any further delay for the sake of economy. If regular supply of gas to industry is not possible, permission to import Furnace Oil without Sales Tax and Duty Free must be given to all soap manufacturing units, otherwise thousand of industrial workers, particularly the daily wages would face retrenchment.

He urged the government to save the SOAP industry in Punjab particularly to soap manufacturing units of Faisalabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan and Islamabad, as these regions provide jobs to over 15 million peoples.

Mr. Tariq Zakaria appeals to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take serious notice of this injustice, as this is unfair and unjust load shedding of gas and electricity for industrial units causing big financial losses and large scale unemployment which will lead to a mental disturbance in society.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association
Mr. Syed Ejaz Ahmed (Secretary )
Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association Room no. 148,
Sunny Plaza, 1st floor, Hasrat Mohani Road,
Off I.I. Chundrigar Road Karachi
Tel: +92 (0) 21 263 4648
Fax: +92 (0) 21 221 8937
Email: pakistansma@yahoo.com

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