ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that only 27 percent people in Pakistan got gas through pipelines, while majority of the people were using LPG cylinders.
“The purpose of giving subsidy is to provide relief to poor. However, subsidies are being used by the people who are already powerful and effluent. Second purpose of subsidy is to raise GDP of the country,” PM Imran said while addressing a seminar on the issues of gas in the country.
He said price of LPG gas was four times more than the gas received through pipeline. “We face extreme gas crisis in winter season,” he said.
The prime minister said energy crisis would not have appeared if we had taken steps 40 years ago. “We should have thought way earlier about production of power,” he maintained. We should have thought way earlier about production of power, he added.
He said our industry was going through difficult phase today. There was huge difference between prices of imported and locally produced electricity, he said.
PM Imran said the federal government could only send as much money to the provinces as much it got in taxes.
“We have to think about how we have to tackle with the looming gas crisis as our reserves are depleting. We should have thought earlier that what resources we should use to produce electricity,” he said.