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LPG dealers fleecing consumers

CHITRAL, Feb 20: People in Chitral have complained that the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is being sold at exorbitant prices as a domestic cylinder of 11.8 kg is available at Rs1,330 against the declared price of Rs960. 

Talking to this correspondent, the consumers said the government had substantially reduced the price of LPG but the new rate was not implemented in Chitral and they had been paying Rs370 more for a cylinder than other consumers in the country.

Niaz A Niazi advocate, chairman of Human Rights Programme Chitral, said that the LPG price in Chitral was much higher which the common man could not afford. He said that the provision of LPG at cheaper and affordable rate to the people in Chitral could be an effective step to save the oak and deodar forests from cutting.

He said that special subsidy should be given on the commodity to save the forests.

Akhlaq Ahmed, a resident of Muldeh village, said due to its high price he used LPG for cooking purposes only. “We use oak wood for heating our rooms during the winter season which is much cheaper than the gas,” he said.

Sher Fayaz, district food controller who notifies the LPG price in the district, said there was a mechanism to calculate the transportation charges of the LPG and the profit of the agency holders was calculated in line with that.

He said that the transportation charges were paid by the consumers, as the agency holders were not reimbursed such charges by the government.—Zahiruddin

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