Congress president Sonia Gandhi sought an immediate reduction in fuel prices given the slide in international crude oil prices while registering her protest in a letter to the Prime Minister over the recent serial hikes in petrol and diesel prices. She accused the government of indulging in profiteering off the people amid the Covid-19 hardships.
“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 bit and small, rapidly eroding the income of the middle class, even as farmers are struggling to sow the crop of the kharif season,” Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
Gandhi said the Centre had earned “an additional revenue of nearly Rs 2.6 lakh crore” through the “ill-advised” hikes in excise duty and fuel rates. “Given that the international price of crude oil has fallen by approximate nine per cent over the last week, the government is doing nothing short of profiteering off its people – when they are down and out,” said the letter.
The Congress president said it was time to slash prices and pass on the benefits to the people. “If ever there was a time to deploy these resources in the service of people, it is now.”
News Source; Economic Times