Petrobras announced this week that it will allocate R$300 million to a program to help purchase cooking gas and other essential supplies by families in vulnerable situations for 15 months. The amount informed by the state-owned company is only 10% of the R$ 3 billion announced by President Jair Bolsonaro in an interview with Mouse program, from SBT, on July 30th.
The average price of the cylinder for Brazilian consumers is approximately R$ 100. There has been an increase of almost 30% since the beginning of the year.
“The new president of Petrobras, General Silva e Luna, has a reserve of approximately R$ 3 billion to really serve those most in need. It would be the equivalent of a gas canister every two months”, signaled the president on national television two months ago.
The statement had such repercussions that the oil company had to issue a clarification note two days later.
“There is no definition regarding the implementation and the amount of participation in any programs. Any decision will be subject to the approval governance and in accordance with the company’s internal policies”, said Petrobras, correcting the information published in SBT.
The amount approved by the Board of Directors this week was R$300 million, 90% less than indicated by Bolsonaro. The criteria for accessing this subsidy and the amounts to be allocated to each family have not yet been disclosed.
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In parallel to the program that will be funded by Petrobras, the government is studying the creation of a kind of gas voucher for Bolsa Família beneficiaries by the end of 2022.
In addition to the 5.67% accumulated inflation in the period, the main reason for the readjustments in the price of the cylinder is the policy adopted by Petrobras since the Michel Temer (MDB) government, which links the prices charged to the consumer to variations in the international market .
With the dollar on the rise, fuels soar. The impact is felt not only in oil products, but in all production chains, which reflect the increase in transport costs.
Edition: Vivian Virissimo