LAHORE - The Union of Small and medium Enterprises (UNISAME), while flaying the hike in POL rates, has urged the government not to burden the lower income group anymore by increasing the fuel prices.

In a press release issued here on Sunday, it asked the government to immediately announce special reduced prices for the lower income group by introducing the ration system.

The UNISAME invited the attention of the government to the unbearable prices of petrol and urged the government to adopt a system whereby the petrol is sold to the higher income group at a higher rate and the rate is specially reduced for the lower income group by issuing them a ration card for an amount of fuel to enable them to carry on their basic activities.

It said this type of system is prevalent in Islamic Republic of Iran where not only fuel but other daily necessities like milk, bread, medicines are given to the low income group on fixed hours of the day from nominated stores at concession rates by virtue of an identification card.

It reminded the government that the ruling party had vowed to provide food, clothing and shelter to the masses and now with the inflation the lower income group is unable to eat one square meal a day leave aside payment for utilities, education, clothing and medicine for the family.

It lamented that a survey conducted by UNISAME indicated several families who said the day they have to buy medicine for any member of the family, that day they have to go without meal to remain in the budget as an expense of about Rupees 100 or so is incurred in buying the medicine and visit to a doctor.