The Government of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have decided to cut the fuel quota for all provincial government officials and ministers, including the Chief Minister. The decision comes as Pakistan faces an economic crisis with prices of basic commodities soaring to an all time high in the history of the country.
Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah on Friday approved a 40 percent cut in the fuel quota for all the provincial government officials and ministers, including the Chief Minister. The decision was taken as Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah took notice of the hike in prices of petroleum products and said that rising prices should not impact the provincial treasury, which would lead to overburdening of the masses.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has also directed to reduce the POL expenditure by cutting down the fuel quota by 35 percent for all provincial government departments, institutions, and organizations with immediate effect.
Both announcements come after severe backlash from the public over increase the massive increase in the price of petroleum products, bringing petrol to Rs. 209.86, and high-speed diesel (HSD) to Rs. 204.15, the highest in the history of the country.
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The decision was made by the government on the demand of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to restore the $6 billion bailout programme, which is severely needed by the country to recover the balance of payment deficit and stabilize the economy that is on the verge of bankruptcy.