ISLAMABAD: In view of the fluctuations in global oil prices and rupee’s appreciation against the US dollar, the caretaker government on Sunday slashed the price of petrol by Rs40 per litre and that of high-speed diesel (HSD) by Rs15 for the next fortnight.
According to a notification from the Ministry of Finance, the new price of petrol is Rs283.38 and Rs303.18 for HSD.
It said that the government has revised the consumer prices of petroleum products in the wake of variations in international prices of the commodity and improvement in the exchange rate.
The new prices will come into effect from 12am (tonight, October 16) and remain in place till October 31.
New prices of petroleum products for the fortnight starting from October 16 will be as follow:
|Products||Existing price||New price||decrease|
|High Speed Diesel (HSD)||318.18||303.18||-15|
In addition to this, the government also cut the prices of light diesel by Rs19.59 per litre and kerosene oil by Rs22.43 for the next fortnight. After the massive reduction in the prices of petroleum products, the rates of kerosene oil will drop to Rs214.85 per litre.
The interim government, led by Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, is charging zero general sales tax (GST) on all petroleum products while the rate of petroleum levy (PL) on petrol is Rs60 per litre.
In order to generate additional revenue to achieve the tax collection target for this fiscal year, the authorities, however, increased the levy on diesel by Rs5 to Rs55 per litre.