ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday said the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has decided against an immediate increase in gas prices and left the final decision to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Finance Minister Asad Umar chaired an ECC meeting in Islamabad and a hike in gas tariff was mulled over.
“The ECC has prepared guidelines for an increase in gas tariff,” Chaudhry said while addressing the media after the meeting.
“A final decision on the hike in gas prices will be taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he added.
“The gas sector is in the worst situation,” the information minister stressed.
Further, the ECC decided to provide fertiliser factories with 50 per cent local gas and 50 per cent LNG.
“The LNG bills will be divided equally between the fertiliser companies and the government,” Chaudhry said while adding that all fertiliser companies will continue production on full capacity.
“ECC has further decided to import fertilisers to meet the urea deficit.”
“The volume of fertiliser imports will be decided later,” the informtion minister said.
Chaudhry continued, “Farmers are a very important part of the prime minister’s economic policy.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the ECC was informed that the country’s circular debt stood at Rs596 billion, following an increase of Rs30 billion in July.
Another Rs582 billion was parked with the Power Holding Company under the STFF arrangements, hence bringing the total current liability to Rs1,188 billion, the Ministry of Energy, Power Division told the ECC in its detailed presentation based on data compiled up to July 31, 2018.