Steep hike in LPG price big blow to middle class: Bhalla

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 2:  Senior leader of the Pradesh Congress Committee and former minister Raman Bhalla slammed the  Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the steep hike recorded in the  LPG cylinder prices, saying that the Government was betraying its promises to the people.
Addressing several deputations here today, Bhalla alleged that ordinary Indian is being ripped apart by Modi Govt by effecting midnight hike on as LPG cylinders by Rs 86 and small cylinder by Rs 30.50.  He expressed serious concern over this anti- poor decision of NDA Govt.
The PCC leader said that the “whopping rise” in prices “tells us that this Govt’s promises to the common man were all gas and betrayal. Subsidised LPG cylinders also saw a price hike. They will now cost Rs 434.93 per 14.2-kg cylinder. It was raised by 9 paise on February 1, following a Rs-2 hike in January. This is the sixth time that the cost of non-subsidised LPG was increased since October 2016, which is a 58% price hike.    The price of subsidised cooking gas saw the tenth such consecutive hike, he added.
Bhalla further said that the prices of the essential commodities are always hiked or slashed after consultation with consumer counsel, but the prices of the essential dairy products were hiked in a very baffled scenario, which just sounds nothing less than a scheme to benefit some people belonging to the trade. He said that the hike in the prices of dairy products has disrupted and uprooted the budget of the common man.
He appealed the Government to withdraw the hike in the prices of dairy products. The hike in LPG price is going to hit the common man. People are already suffering from increased prices of food items, vegetables, fruits  and other important things in day-to-day life.   It will affect every section of the society. The government should immediately roll back the hike.
He alleged that NDA Govt  is making a hole in the pocket of the common man. On the one hand, it expresses concern for them but on the other, the same party makes their lives miserable by raising the cost of fuel. This cruel blow makes a mockery of all the assurances of the government to take steps to curb price rise, Bhalla said.