Govt Justifies Gasoline Value Hike, Says ‘Money Being Saved For Welfare Schemes’

New Delhi: With the opposition cornering Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led authorities over the rising gasoline costs, Union Petroleum and Pure Fuel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday defended the ruling dispensation stating over Rs 35,000 crores have been being spent on Covid-19 vaccines in a yr and cash is being saved for spending on welfare schemes in such dire occasions.

He, nonetheless, accepted that present gasoline costs are problematic for the folks.

“But be it the central/state government, over Rs 35,000 crores have been being spent on vaccines in a year… In such dire times, we are saving money to spend on welfare schemes,” ANI quoted Pradhan as saying.

The Union Minister’s remarks got here as a united opposition has fired salvo on the authorities on the problem with former union finance minister and Congress veteran P. Chidambaram alleging the Centre is making revenue by way of gasoline value.

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Chidambaram, who earlier participated within the demonstration in opposition to the gasoline value hike at Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga district, stated the petrol value shouldn’t be greater than Rs 55 per litre given the worldwide crude costs.

The Left Events have additionally demanded the rollback of hike in petroleum merchandise and introduced a 15-day protest relating to the identical.

Urging the Centre to manage costs of important commodities and medicines, the Left Events in a joint assertion on Sunday stated “more assaults on people’s lives are being mounted by this relentless rise in prices of all essential commodities”.

“Left Parties All India anti price rise protests: June 16-30. ◆control prices of all essential commodities & drugs. ◆roll back hiked petroleum duties. ◆WPI 11year high. ◆Provide ₹7.5K/month cash transfers, 10kg food grains per month/person+food kit-pulses, edible oil, etc.,” tweeted CPI (M) chief Sitaram Yechury together with the joint assertion.

The value of petrol has gone as much as Rs 96.12 per litre within the nationwide capital whereas diesel prices Rs 86.98 per litre in Delhi.

Likewise, the worth of petrol has gone up Rs 102.30 per litre in fiscal capital Mumbai whereas diesel is priced at Rs 94.39 per litre.

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