By admitting that high gas bills are a burden on consumers, oil minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan announced that consumers could now pay their bills in four equal installments.
However, the offer is only for consumers whose invoices exceed Rs. 20,000.
The oil minister called the decision “a relief” for consumers who find it difficult to pay their bills simultaneously. With the ease of fees, they can avoid disconnection.
Govt Offers Installment Facility to Consumers with High Gas Bills
He said Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) were asked not to cut gas supplies to those consumers.
Khan also said that customer service services for such public services would be open to helping consumers on Saturdays and Sundays.
While relief is a welcome measure, the only explanation why a situation requiring such relief is increased, is an increased gas consumption in cases of severe colds.
The minister said consumers of low sheets went to the top because of the increase in consumption and therefore the invoices increased to a large extent.
Sarwar said he was hopeful that the situation would improve next season.
He criticized the previous government for buying gas at higher prices and selling at lower prices.
We are unable to pay a subsidy because of the poor financial health of the gas companies,” the minister said. He revealed that SSGCL and SNGPL had acquired gas for Rs. 487 billion and sell it for Rs. 332 billion, which created a deficit of Rs. 155 billion.
The recent increase in gas tariffs allowed the government to reduce the R deficit. 69 billion, the minister said.
He told the media that government was working on various measures, such as eliminating tariffs and taxing offshore drilling opportunities to invite investors and accelerate gas exploration in the country.
We’re going to share the good news with the people for March,” Khan said.
In addition, he warned that if no new gas reserves are found, current reserves will be depleted by 2027.
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