Oman- Ministry says public response to subsidised fuel scheme good

(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Muscat- The Ministry of Oil and Gas (MOG) has said that the government's scheme to provide fuel to citizens, earning less than RO600, at subsidised rates has received good response.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, H E Eng Salim bin Nasser al Aufi, Undersecretary in MOG said that more than 100,000 people have already registered on the National Subsidy System website.

The government had announced earlier this month that those earning below RO600 will get 200lt of M91 fuel at 180bz or less from January.

When asked why the government had fixed RO600 as the cut off, H E Eng Aufi said, 'The cut off mark is based on the percentage of the general population earning at that level. We found that RO600 is a reasonable level for those who probably deserve some sort of support. The fuel will not be provided for free. It will be sold…you have to buy it. If we had made the cut off mark at RO700 or RO800, people would have still complained.'

When asked as to why the government decided to limit the fuel quantity to 200lt, he said, 'We found that 200lt is the average monthly consumption per person. If we take the last five years before the subsidy was removed, every vehicle in Oman on an average consumed about 250 to 280lt of fuel.'

H E Eng Aufi also said that people are cautious of taking up jobs in the oil and gas sector because of the current situation. 'If there's an opportunity, people will definitely join. I think people are cautious now. But, the same logic applies to any other sector.'


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