Islamabad- The government rejected Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority’s (OGRA) proposals today to increase prices of petroleum products for the month of July, deciding instead to maintain the rates by providing a subsidy of Rs 510 million, sources said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to provide relief to the masses during holy month of Ramazan.

Later, the Ministry of Finance announced the decision to maintain prices of petroleum products at at the existing level.

Ogra had proposed to increase petroleum prices by Rs 3.36 per litre.

It may be mentioned here that the government also provided a subsidy of Rs1.78 billion to keep petroleum prices unchanged for the month of June, however, kerosene oil price was reduced from Rs98.07 to Rs97.40 per liter with a decrease of Rs0.67 rupees per liter.