In a recent development, the government has decided to raise the petroleum development levy (PDL) on petrol in accordance with a staff-level agreement worth $3 billion signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Starting from today, the PDL on petrol will be increased from Rs50 to Rs55 per litre, while there will be no change in the development levy on high-speed diesel (HSD), which remains at Rs50 per litre.

The announcement was made by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who clarified that petrol prices would not be affected by this decision. However, diesel prices will see an increase of Rs7.50 for the next two weeks, with the new price becoming effective from July 1.

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Minister Dar emphasised this during a late-night press conference, ensuring that there would be no change in the price of petrol.

To enable this adjustment, the government sought the power to amend the Petroleum Products (Petroleum Levy) Ordinance, 1961 (XXV of 1961) through the Finance Act 2023-24. This amendment grants the government the authority to increase the petroleum levy, eliminating the requirement for parliamentary approval to determine the maximum limit of the levy.

According to The News, the Ministry of Finance shared with the Senate Standing Committee on Finance that the PDL has been set at Rs60 per litre, aiming to generate revenue of Rs879 billion in the upcoming fiscal year. This target surpasses the revised target of Rs542 billion for the previous financial year, which concluded on June 30, 2023.