JAMMU, Dec 2: Former minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today slammed Union Govt for fresh hike in the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder and demanded to withdraw it in public interest.
He expressed concern over the increase in the price of subsidised and non-subsidised LPG cooking gas cylinders. The Government has created a crisis before the people by increasing the price of subsidised and non-subsidised LPG cylinders. He alleged the price hike of cooking LPG gas cylinders have been uncontrolled and without any legitimate explanation. He said that youth is affected by the rising unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir and drug abuse has further aggravated the problem.
Stating that unemployment in JK was like a ticking time bomb—which can burst anytime, Bhalla said that BJP Govt failed to address the issue. He said that sharp hike in the price of LPG has been witnessed and this is the new gift of Modi Govt of ‘Achhe Din’ to the people. He said without considering the needs of the common man, it is return gift to the people who funded the campaign of Narendra Modi. He said rise in LPG prices has miserably affect public.
Bhalla pointed out that there had been a four-fold rise in onion prices during the last three months which had rendered the popular vegetable beyond the reach of a common man. “The astounding rate of onions touching Rs 100 per kg under BJP rule has left masses ‘tear-eyed’. With LPG already being costlier, the soaring prices of vegetables and groceries have shattered the budget of a common household with housewives left dazed and confused”, Bhalla rued.
Lambasting BJP for high rate of inflation, Bhalla reminded that when the BJP was in opposition, its front line leaders wasted no time to lodge series of protests at every nook and corner of the country against the price rise but now when the party has been in power, the inflation rate had broken all records.
The alarming unemployment in JK is evident from the fact that 77,641 youth applied for 5,199 posts of Special Police Officer (SPO). He said employment status in JK is worst as having no private sector, the youth have to rely on Government jobs which are scarce.