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High gas price irks Kabul residents

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gas pricesKabul residents have blamed the government for the rising prices of gas , which  is currently sold at 140-150AFN per kilo in the market, compared to only 50 AFN per kilo a few months ago.

The steep rise in prices for gas is linked to the scarcity of gas in the market.

Residents wait in the queue for hours at a government store to purchase gas.

“I came here about 5:30am and now it is 12:30pm but I cannot find government gas,” Tolo News quotes a resident from Sar-e-Kotal area of Kabul.

In the meantime, head of the Oil and Gas Enterprise Department of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Faridullah Sherzai, said the government could play a key role in tackling this issue by monopolizing the business.

“The monopoly of the gas has many benefits: no one will import low quality of fuel and price will be same,” he said. “In the past, the government was certain about how much oil and has it has in its strategic reserve. We want all officials to review the situation,” Tolo News quotes Sherzai.

Officials have said proposal pushing for a government-sponsored gas import will soon be presented to the Council of Ministers that would allow the government to sell fuel directly to Afghan traders.

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