A small protest near Shimla Pihari, Lahore against recent increase in petrol prices. Although it seems like organized by a political party but atleast they have raised their voice. I never realized oil price was 26.25 per liter just a few years back (I always thought it was something like 40+ per liter). An increase of more than double since 1999 is shocking.

Source: Daily Jang (sorry about the bad quality of picture)

My father tells me that Ayub Khan increased sugar prices by just a few paisas and there was such a fierce protest against him that eventually he had to resign. I wonder what has happened to our generation.

4 Comments so far

  1. nausheen (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 1:02 am

    it’s not just disillusionment. it’s a complete breakdown of trust in the judicial system. of COURSE you’re not gonna do anything about anything if it’s just gonna fall on deaf ears. Might as well try to find a way around it, like coerce people to give you more bribes. Sorry for the sophomoric argument…but i do think it all comes down to the judicial system.

  2. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 1:00 pm

    As far as I can remember, the petrol price was Rs.37 per litre at the start of 2004, and later slashed to Rs. 32 per liter. And then things started to get worse. I might be mistaken though.

  3. Darwaish (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 1:55 pm

    oh well… i agree to some extent.. its more to do with the fact that we have become ‘indifferent’ as a nation..our general attitude is “mera kaam ho jaye .. baqi log jaye bhaar mein”.. part of it reflects in our judicial system..but yes judiciary is the starting point if somebody is to fix this system/society..

    anyways.. change always comes from the top and that is precisely where most problems exist..if i am the boss and i set good examples for my workers, they are likely to follow me .. but if i am involved in hanky panky myself.. then what else should i expect from others?

  4. Opee (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 7:48 pm

    There is a discussion going on “my” Lahore group that I am moderating and I want to share it with you guys here at METBLOGS. I believe it would be of interest to you guys.

    OCAC, which was formed by the present government to fix the price of oil every fortnight, has been doing great injustice to the Pakistani consumer and it is time people raise their voice against its calculation mechanism. OCAC’s oil price calculation is presented to baffle consumers in a maze of technical jargon so as to divert attention form the real issue of fixing a fair price of petrol for consumers who do not have recourse to company or government paid fuel.
    Unfortunately OCAC only represents oil companies whose main aim is accumulation of profits to fill their coffers at the consumers expense.

    The following information has been gathered from Plats Oil Gram Scan Report, which OCAC says it uses to fix prices every fortnight. On behalf of the consumer we have calculated the price so you don’t have to be a technical expert to understand it. We have accepted OCAC’s price on Sept 5 of $56 per barrel and other inputs as laid down by OCAC.

    Barrel = 42 gallons = 159 litres

    Price of 1 barrel of crude oil in Rs = $ 56 x Rs 60 = Rs3360

    Freight Premium = $2.16 x Rs60 = Rs129.6

    Handling, Bank & LC charges & Marine Insurance @ 0.9% = Rs302.

    Wharfage charges @ 3.85% = Rs129.36

    Oil Companies Margin @ 3.5% = Rs117.6

    Price of 1 barrel of oil = Rs3360 + 129.6 + 302 + 129.36 + 117.6 = Rs4038.56

    Refining Cost @ 10% = Rs404

    Price of 1 barrel of refined petrol = Rs4442.56

    Hence price of 1 litre of petrol = 4442.56/159 = Rs27.94 per litre

    Excise duty @ Rs0.88 per litre

    Add 15% GST = Rs4.20 per litre

    Dealers Commission @ 4.0% = 0.3 paisa per litre

    Price per litre of petrol = Rs27.94 + Rs0.88 + Rs4.20 + 0.13 ps = Rs33.15

    The government is still pocketing Rs20 per litre of petrol in addition to excise
    duty of Rs0.88 per litre and General Sales Tax @ 15%.

    Good Governance therefore demands that in all fairness to the consumer the President and Prime Minister should appoint members from the public on the committee to balance things out.


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