Tax on fuel products, hike in transport fare adding to woes of people: J&K Cong

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee on Saturday said imposition of tax on fuel products coupled with transport fare has added to hardships to the common man.
Leading the protest here against hike in fuel prices, JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir stated that week-long protests throughout the country was as an attempt to awaken the government to the hardships of the people.
The BJP Government not only hiked the fuel prices, it also increased transport fair by 30 per cent in Jammu, he said, adding that no financial and relief help is being provided to the public. As a result of such policies, the local consumer suffers on a daily basis.
Mr Mir said that the high retail price of petrol and diesel, on a rise for 22 days, continues to impact the common man even though global market has thrown enough cues for a sharp cut in the price of auto fuels.
“While the Coronavirus scare and continued flat demand for oil has pushed down the global crude price that has fallen sharply by over 24 per cent to $53 a barrel over last one month, there has been less than proportional decrease in retail price of petrol and diesel with oil companies building a cushion for possible increase in oil prices later this year,” he added.
He demanded a rollback of taxes on petrol and diesel to provide relief to common people.
Hitting out at the Modi government, JKPCC chief said, “Today the whole country is passing through a difficult period and the common man is facing hardships due to wrong policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government.”
“Imposing tax on petrol and diesel has caused lots of hardship to the common people. Crores of in India have lost their jobs and livelihood. Hardship of the common man has only worsened. Instead of giving relief to the common people, the government has increased the prices of petrol and diesel while the crude oil prices in world market are on the lowest side today,” Mr Mir said.
“The government is only adding on to these problems, instead of resolving them,” he said and also commented on the helpless condition of the people of Jammu who are continuously suffering under the burden of price rises, toll plazas and lack of any financial help.
Terming the Modi Government “insensitive” towards the plight of the people as the hike in the oil prices were pushing up the prices of all essential items steeply, including fruits and vegetables, he said that people should be given the benefit of cheap crude oil price in the international market by lowering the prices in the domestic market as well.
Former Minister and Congress vice-president Raman Bhalla said that the “unprecedented” hike in petrol and diesel prices has hammered the people at the time of economic hardship imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said due to the coronavirus crisis, demand for fuel has fallen all over the world. Despite having a full stock of fuel, the government has burdened the common people by increasing fuel prices.
He accused the BJP of going back on its promise to reduce petrol and diesel prices.
Congress Jammu district president Yogesh Sawhney said that common masses are reeling due to Covid-19 outbreak; the BJP government was turning disaster into opportunity to make quick bucks.
He said the Modi-Shah government must pass on the relief of record low crude oil price to the people of India against rising inflation & slowdown in the economy and rising unemployment by lowering the rates of petrol, diesel and LPG in consonance with the huge fall in international crude oil prices.