LAHORE (APP) - Advisor to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr Asim has said that the benefits of reduction in international oil prices would be passed on to the consumers. He was talking to newsmen at head office of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) here Monday. M.D.SNGPL and other senior officials were also present. Dr Asim said that he can assess that there would be reduction in oil prices during the price revision next month. The advisor said that two taxes are being charged at petroleum products, which are petroleum levy of around Rs 10 per litter and General Sales tax. Responding to a query, he said that the government has presented its view point regarding oil prices at the Supreme Court. He said that the word 'carbon tax was not properly used for petroleum levy by its definition, that was the reason the mistake was rectified by issuance of an Ordinance. The tax on petroleum products was imposed by the parliament in the unanimously approved budget, he said. Regarding gas prices, he said that the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) would start regularizing prices of gas within a few days. He said that high rate of line losses at CNG stations is a big issue which needs to be checked, and assured that the performance of SNGPL would be improved in this regard. Prices of gas would be rationalized and undue profits of the CNG stations would be controlled, he hoped. Meanwhile, Dr Asim, speaking at a briefing on 'APTMA and winter load management at SNGPL head-office here, said that the government is using all options at its disposal to minimize effects of energy crises on the industry, especially on the export industry. M.D. SNGPL Rashid Lone, Chairman APTMA Tariq Mehmood and other senior representatives of both the organizations were also present. The advisor said that SNGPL must have to help out the textile industry as the country is passing through worst type of energy crises. To criticise the government for the sake of criticism is of no use as there is a need of presenting solutions of the issues and workable options for moving ahead, he said. The organizations like APTMA must come ahead and give suggestions to redress the on-going energy crises in long term and short term so that the government could consider their demands, he said. Dr Asim said During winter when gas demand rises we can not cut gas supply to the domestic consumers or CNG stations and at the same time connections of industry as we can not render our workers jobless. We have to work within a limited parameters and that is the reason every one will have to share the burden in this regard, he added. Dr Asim assured of sparing time for having regular interaction with APTMA either on weekly basis at Islamabad or monthly basis at Lahore as per choice of APTMA. He said that such an interaction would help find out solutions of the issues and understand each others view points. There is a huge shortfall in demand and supply of energy sources in the country, he said adding the solution lies in importing LPG etc and maximum exploration of indigenous resources in the country. Chairman APTMA said that the textile industry has to face a loss of one billion dollar every year due to energy crises and the country can get such a big amount of foreign exchange by meeting energy demand of the textile industry. Losing one export order means losing many customers for ever, he said. M.D. SNGPL said that there is a ban on new CNG connections from July 1st.