93% Gas Consumers Were Impacted by New Slabs: Audit Report

The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government has acknowledged that the revision of gas slabs was also responsible for the inflated gas bills sent to millions of consumers during the past three months.

“I admit the mistake in the revision of gas slabs, and it was a decision of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC),” said Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Tuesday, adding that the government would return the excessive amount charged by June.

The minister mentioned that only those consumers will be eligible for reimbursement which had received inflated bills due to the application of gas pressure factor.

The impact of slab revision was also highlighted in an audit report from AF Ferguson which said 93 percent of the 3.2 million consumers connected to Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) were affected because of changes in slabs from three to seven.

However, the government only will reimburse those consumers who were charged higher amounts due to wrong application of pressure factor.

The stats from the audit report confirm that 3.2 million users could have received higher bills in previous months, but the government wants to reimburse to only those 48,000 people who received hefty bills due to pressure factor.

He said the government had not taken any decision on whether or not to reimburse the consumers who had to pay more due to slab revision.

He said the cabinet meeting on Wednesday (today) will deliberate the issue and the ECC will take a final decision on it.

“The ECC will review whether the consumers, who were affected by the new slabs, can be reimbursed or not,” the petroleum minister said.