Chairman of Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association concerned over worst condition of industries due to Gas load shedding

Karachi, December 19, 2012 (PPI-OT): In a Press Statement Mr. Shahzad Mushtaq Paracha, the Chairman of Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association expressed concern over worst condition of industries due to Gas load shedding in Punjab and other parts of country, while Soap manufacturers of Karachi have been facing problem due to low pressure of gas since long. The load shedding to Faisalabad industries enters in to 12th day. That’s why industrialists and workers are staging protest demonstration against federal government.

Mr. Paracha pointed-out that soap industry has great importance in the field of cleaning and washing arena. In the absence of gas supply the production of soap will be suffered and soap will be vanished/disappeared from the local market and consumers will ultimately suffer a lot, resultantly on the other hand the soap industry will come at the verge of ruin which will not be fatal only for the factory owners, but also for the labor class as well. This state of affair will finally create unemployment and further deteriorate law and order situation in the country at large.

Mr. Shahzad Mushtaq Paracha added that it is absolutely vital to provide gas to soap sector as non availability of gas caused serious damage to the expensive equipments and furnaces. In the absence of gas supply our members tried their level best to operate the furnaces by utilizing all other available energy resources which could not be proved useful on contrary it caused massive damage to the existing infrastructure which is certainly not bearable for soap manufacturers.

He urged the government to control the recent situation without any further delay for the sake of economy. If regular supply of gas to industry is not possible, permission to import Furnace Oil without Sales Tax and Duty Free must be given to all soap manufacturing units, otherwise thousand of industrial workers, particularly the daily wages would face retrenchment.

He urged the government to save the SOAP industry in Punjab particularly to soap manufacturing units of Faisalabad, Lahore, Multan, Gujranwala and Islamabad, as these regions provide jobs to over 15 million peoples.

The Chairman of Soap Association appeals to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take serious notice of this injustice, as Minister on Petroleum and Natural Recourses and other dignitaries of Federal Government are not paying attention towards the unfair and unjust gas load shedding to industrial units. This all is causing big financial losses and large scale unemployment which will lead to a mental disturbance in society.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association
Mr. Syed Ejaz Ahmed (Secretary )
Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association Room no. 148,
Sunny Plaza, 1st floor, Hasrat Mohani Road,
Off I.I. Chundrigar Road Karachi
Tel: +92 (0) 21 263 4648
Fax: +92 (0) 21 221 8937