LAHORE: Textile associations on Monday announced that December 6 will be observed as black day against the gas price disparity that has been affecting the entire industrial chain in Punjab.
The announcement came at a joint press conference of office-bearers representing Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA), Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma), All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA), Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association, All Pakistan Bedsheet and Upholstery Manufacturers Association, All Pakistan Textile Sizing Industries Association, All Pakistan Cotton Power Looms Association (APCPLA) and Council of Loom Owners.
The representatives said industries in Sindh are using low priced gas for their needs whereas Punjab-based industries are compelled to use costly Regasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) for their production process.
The textile industry leaders said after the recent announcement of reduction in industrial gas tariff, gas price for Sindh industries have become Rs 400 per mmBtu; whereas Punjab-based industries are charged over Rs 900 per mmBtu of RLNG.
They questioned the huge difference of 120 per cent in gas prices.
The leaders urged Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to take notice of the discrimination with Punjab industries on gas pricing. They further demanded that gas supply to industries must be ensured at equal price across the board.
Immediate announcement of the long awaited Prime Minister’s package for ailing textile
industry and supply of electricity to industries at Rs7 per unit to compete well in the international market were the other demands presented by textile industry leaders.
PTEA Chairman Ajmal Farooq, Aptma Chairman Naveed Gulzar, APTPMA Chief Muhammad Saeed APCPLA Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Haq, FCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Saeed and Haji Talib Hussain of All Pakistan Textile Sizing Industries Association spoke on the occasion.