Government Cheating The Poor With Cooking Gas Price Hike, Says Opposition

Marsha Scott
August 2, 2017

The Odisha government today opposed the decision of Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) Ministry's decision to end all subsidies on the cooking gas by the end of the current fiscal year and hike LPG prices by Rs 4 per cylinder every month. The government had previously asked the oil companies to raise rates of subsidised domestic LPG by two rupees per 14.2-kg cylinder per month.

Earlier in July past year, the government had asked the oil companies to raise prices by Rs 2 and now it has doubled the quantum so as to bring down the subsidy to nil. Earlier in the day, the decision drew sharp criticism in the Rajya Sabha from all the opposition political parties. During Zero Hour, Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay said the increase in price would affect over 2.5 crore women who have been given an LPG connection for free.

Slogan-shouting opposition members then trooped into the Well of the House and Mr Kurien was forced to adjourn the proceedings again.

CPI (M)'s Sitaram Yechury reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his campaign urging people to voluntarily give up subsidies so that subsidised LPG can be provided to the poor and needy.

There are another 2.66 crore users of non-subsidised LPG. This is strongly condemnable.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday demanded that the Union government withdraw it's decision to eliminate the LPG subsidy from March next year, saying it was a matter of concern.

Price of jet fuel or ATF was hiked by Rs 1097 per kilolitre to Rs 48,110 per kl with effect from August 01, oil companies said.

"Subsidy will not be cut down, it will only be rationalised".

The government is of the view that the increase in prices will have minimal impact on LPG consumers as the overall inflation remains at a low level.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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