The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) applauded the Finance Minister—Asad Umar on Saturday and the entire management of the Sui Northern as Pipeline Company—SNGPL for giving value to its request to restore the old gas tariff for tandoor business.
Ahmed Hassan Mughal—the ICCI President said that the business-friendly measures that are being taken by the government, particularly for the small business, would definitely be facilitating the development of such businesses and would also be making way for sustainable economic growth and prosperity in Pakistan.
He was talking to a delegation of General Nanby Association, headed by the president of the association—President Fazal Karim Abbasi.
The other participants of the delegation were the General Secretary—Sardar Altaf Hussain, Joint Secretary—Sardar Mazhar, GNA Vice President—Haji Pervaiz Senior and Chairman Hajji Muhammad Sabir.
The association was grateful to the office of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their undeniable support in restoring the old gas tariff for the tandoors.
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The Senior Vice President of ICCI—Rafat Farid said that the government increased the gas tariff back in the month of September 2018, as per which the selling price for gas was also surged from Rs700/MMBtu to Rs980/MMBtu, which is an increase of 40 percent.
He informed that the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet decided in one of its meeting in November to not raise the gas prices for tandoors so that the price of roti/naan could be maintained at the previous rates.
He indicated that despite the ECC decision, the tandoors kept on receiving the gas bills on the new prices which affected their businesses badly.
The Senior Vice President ICCI claimed that the issue has been taken up to the finance minister and SNGPL. And as a result of that old prices have been restored, which indeed is appreciable.
He expressed hope that the government would keep on working like this for solving the problems of the small businesses.