CNG stations all set to go on indefinite strike

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ISLAMABAD - The influential CNG station owners are all set to go on indefinite period strike with an aim to ensure maximum benefits out of the meeting called by Ogra to settle pricing controversy of the commodity on 26th November.

Following the direction of SC to Ogra to convene a meeting of stakeholders to determine new price formula of CNG, Ogra has called a meeting on 26th November. However, CNG supply to the consumers is likely to discontinue as owners of CNG stations are expected to go on a strike for indefinite period within couple of days. Halting the CNG supply to consumers is contrary to the directions of the apex court to some extend because the honourable court directed Ogra to take stern action if it founds discontinuity in CNG supply to consumers anywhere in the country, sources aware of the matter told TheNation.

It was also learnt that Ogra has now invited stakeholders including MP&NR, Finance Ministry, SSGCL & SNGPL and the CNG associations on 26th November for the determination of new pricing formula of the commodity as per the direction of apex court. However, Chairman Supreme Council of All Pakistan CNG Association Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha has now surprisingly asked the Ogra to immediately convene a meeting with CNG association to determine price formula of the commodity as per Supreme Court order.

Paracha urged that price formula should be acceptable to all and must be in favour of public interests. We expect from federal government that taxes and surcharges will be reduced to give genuine relief to masses and to bring CNG prices at 1st July, 2012 rates.

Courtesy: Nation

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