The Prime Minister said in the statement issued before leaving for the visit to China that it is the responsibility of the institutions to reduce the prices after the decrease in petroleum prices.
The Prime Minister’s statement is absolutely correct that people are very worried about inflation. Although the government has made petrol cheaper due to the fall in the price of oil per barrel in the international market.
So that from cellular companies to motor bike companies and from transport fares to daily necessities, every commodity has broken all previous inflation records. Bringing down the prices of these products will be a big test for the government.
It should be remembered that, like rest of the country in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the provincial capital Peshawar, despite the reduction in the prices of petroleum products, the transporters have refused to reduce the fares of inter-provincial and inter-provincial routes.
Although the price of petrol has decreased by 40 rupees and the price of diesel by 15 rupees per liter, but despite this, transporters are charging self-made fares on local and inter-provincial routes.
Vehicles on Peshawar GT Road, Charsadda Road, Kohat Road and Bara have refused to reduce the fares and continue to charge additional fares.
Transporters operating from Peshawar across the country including Rawalpindi, Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera, Lahore, Karachi, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Dir, Chitral and other districts have refused to reduce fares and continue to do so.
Expensive fares are being charged from the passengers, while on the other hand, the district administration has completely failed to control the ridiculous inflation. When the government reduced the price of petroleum to 55 rupees, dozens of petrol pumps in Peshawar remain closed.
Due to which long lines were formed and the petrol pump owners continued to use power outage and other excuses and kept the sale closed until late at night. These petrol pump owners have taken a stand that they have run out of petroleum products.
After the decrease in petroleum products, its sale was stopped across the city, due to which the citizens faced severe problems, which the district administration turned a blind eye to. Earlier, after the increase in the prices of petroleum products, the owners of petrol pumps had made a profit of billions of rupees.
This is not the first time that has happened in the country, but whenever petroleum or gas is cheapened, petrol pumps are often closed a day before, against which big budgeted institutions like OGDCL have to take timely action but so far no such effective actions have been seen when such petrol pumps have been sealed on a large scale.
Therefore, it is necessary that the higher institutions and the district administration jointly expose such elements who illegally earn billions of rupees overnight.
Despite the reduction in the prices of petroleum products, the prices of food items are still high. Apart from this, the cellular companies have increased the prices of their packages several times, which are the responsibility of the respective telecommunications organizations to control.
On the other hand, the prices of motorcycles for the poor are also beyond the reach of common people. The price of a motorcycle which was available for PKR. 50,000 a year ago has reached to PKR. 150,000.
It will have to be moderated so that small families can afford their inexpensive rides and get rid of expensive local fares. It is hoped that under the direction of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, all the relevant institutions across the country will take steps to transfer the effects of the reduction in the prices of petroleum and dollars to the common citizens and the actions should be taken against various companies and stockiest those are responsible for inflation.
Also strict action will be taken against the involved individuals and firms so that the people can breathe a sigh of relief.