Govt decides to hike petroleum levy from Nov 16

Reuters file
  • The government jacks up petroelum levy from Nov 16. 
  • The decision was made in line with the IMF instructions. 
  • ECC decided to raise levy from to Rs50/lit on RON 95 and above. 

The federal government has approved an increase in the petroleum development levy, Geo News reported. Sources said the government made this decision at the behest of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar presided over the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) at the Finance Division, on Friday.

Federal Minister of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan, MNA and former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Aisha Ghous Pasha, Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Masood Malik, SAPM on Finance Tariq Bajwa, SAPM on Revenue Tariq Pasha, federal secretaries, the chairman FBR and other senior officers attended the meeting.

The Federal Board of Revenue presented a summary of the increase in the rate of sales tax on HOBC. It was conveyed that the rates of sales tax on POL products were reduced to zero from 1st February 2022, which put pressure on FBR’s efforts to achieve its revenue targets. Consequently, the ECC has decided to raise the petroleum levy from Rs30 to Rs50 per litre on RON 95 and above with effect from 16th November, 2022, which is a luxury item being consumed by wealthy consumers in their expensive vehicles.

The ECC also approved Technical Supplementary Grants of Rs5 billion for the conduct of the 7th population census.

The Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) submitted a summary on High-Speed Diesel/ Gas oil premium and informed that due to the difference of premium on import of HSD for importing OMCs and PSO, there is an unsustainable position for importing OMCs and smooth supply of HSD in the country.

In order to ensure sustained supply/import security, the ECC after detailed discussion allowed a premium on HSD subject to maximum capping at $15/BBL for importing OMCs other than PSO for the months of November and December, 2022. 

Under the agreement with the IMF, the government has to fetch a revenue of Rs850 billion during the current fiscal by jacking the Petroleum Levy up to Rs50 per litre on petrol and diesel.

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