The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has urged Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to dismiss the proposal for increase in gas tariff as the decision will have serious repercussions for the industrial sector. FPCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar in a statement on Tuesday expressed concerns over the unkind upswing in natural gas prices. He said that this decision would seriously affect the industrial sector, especially exporters and the value-added sector would be hit hard and also affect the cost of energy as well as the cost of production of exportable goods. The economy of Pakistan has been severely affected by the outbreak of the Covid-19 during the last seven months and the main cities of Pakistan Karachi and Lahore have also been affected by urban flooding. The industries particularly the SMEs are striving to deal with the post-Corona economic crunch and need to get support in one or another way, instead of getting subsidies or waivers, it seems to be cruel to overburden the industries with inflation. An increase in natural gas costs will further weaken the economic environment which is already under threat on various fronts. The president FPCCI demanded the government to withdraw the proposal of the increase in gas tariffs of SSGC; otherwise, the industry will face closing down which will ultimately result in unemployment and labour instability.