Petrol and diesel prices were on the rise on the tenth consecutive day too. But the state bodies that run the oil marketing companies show a drop in the crude oil rates to many years in comparison.
Looking at the eminent growth in the numerical figures the opposition leader, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is not happy with the growth. At the video conference held in New Delhi, she expressed her solid opinions on the rise in prices.
Sonia Gandhi’s message
Sonia Gandhi has explicitly addressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reduce the fuel prices, “you want citizens to be self-reliant then do not place financial fetters on their ability to move forward”.
Her message in a letter expressed her concern & unqualified rise in the budget that is yielding more recurring problems. The line states, “I am deeply distressed that in these exceedingly difficult times since the beginning of March, the government has taken the wholly insensitive decision to increase petrol and diesel prices on no less than ten separate occasions,”.
Coming more aggressive with the next few lines, “Your government is seeking to earn an additional revenue of nearly Rs 2,60,000 crore by these ill-advised hikes in excise duty and increases in the petrol of diesel. As it is, people across the board are facing unimaginable hardships what to say of widespread fear and insecurity,”.
The second half:
Adding to the letter, yet another accusation, “These price increases are saddling our people with an additional burden of this enormous magnitude that is neither justified nor appropriate. It is the duty and responsibility of the government to alleviate suffering, not put the people to still greater hardship,”.
She urged the Prime minister demanding an explanation, “This translates into a 258% increase in excise on petrol and 820% hike in excise duty on diesel yielding in these six years a staggering Rs 18,00,000 crore from excise collection on petrol and diesel alone. If ever there was ever a time to deploy these resources in the service of the people, it is now,”.
Further, the logic behind the use of government funds, “If you wish for them to be ‘self-reliant’ then do not place financial fetters on their ability to move forward. And I am once again obliged to repeat what I have said before: please use the government’s resources to put money directly into the hands of those who need it in this time of severe hardship,”.
Her concern looks straight forward that the hike in prices seems illogical over the crisis and insisting them on the public is no way to go. Gandhi has explicitly stated in the letter to retrieve the idea of the hike in fuel prices agenda.