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Enhancement of fuel prices at present juncture amounts to extortion: Harsh
5/31/2020 9:50:54 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, May 31: Questioning the imposition of frequent cesses and duties on petrol and diesel in quick succession one after the other, Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP & former Minister said that such extortionist moves of the government had operated very harshly upon the marginalized sections of the society and the lower middle classes. “The increase of Rs 5 per liter and Rs 1.50 per liter in the costs of petrol and diesel respectively was highly unjustified and atrocious in view of the said prices having already been enormously enhanced in the recent past by the central government through its successive orders. And all this despite a precipitous fall in the global prices of crude oil the world over. The decline in global prices had not only been neutralized but petrol made further costlier by levying additional taxes and cesses thereby creating nationwide resentment against the BJP led government. More importantly, the increase in taxation at a time when the people were facing worst economic distress due to Corona pandemic, only revealed the insensitivity of the govt”, said Singh.
Further lambasting the govt for its proposal of commercialization and privatization of power sector, Singh said that all such moves needed to be put on hold in view of acute financial distress faced by various sections of the society.
Calling upon the centre and state government to announce relief measures to rescue the poor and marginalized sections particularly in J&K, the NPP Chairman called for waiving off the water usage and power tariff for atleast three months in view of growing demand from various quarters. He further called upon the government to grant 200 days employment under MGNREGA instead of 100 days to the registered job card holders. He also sought direct bank transfers of atleast Rs 5,000 per month into the accounts of all workers having labour card or registered with the Labour Department.
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