Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday urged PM Narendra Modi to reduce the hike in fuel prices, saying the government’s. Decision to increase them during the coronavirus crisis is “wholly insensitive” and “ill-advised”.
Given that the international price of crude oil has fallen by. Approximately nine per cent over the last week, the government is doing nothing. Short of “profiteering off its people” when they are down and out, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“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,” Gandhi said in her letter.
She accused the government of earning an additional revenue of. Nearly Rs 2.6 lakh crore through these “ill-advised” hikes in excise duty and increase in prices of petrol and diesel.
She said India is facing unprecedented public health. Economic and social challenges during the ongoing battle against COVID-19 and its people. Are facing unimaginable hardships like widespread fear and insecurity.
“I see no logic in why the government would even consider. Such a price increase at a time when the economic impact of COVID-19 is depriving millions of jobs. And livelihood, devastating business(es) big and small, rapidly eroding the income of the middle class. Even as farmers are struggling to sow the crop for the Kharif season”.
The Congress has been demanding that petrol and diesel prices be brought under the ambit of GST. It has also demanded a rollback of excise duty hikes on petrol and diesel to bring down the prices.