Mamata Opposes Recommendations to Hike LPG, Petroleum Prices

A day after an expert panel headed by former Planning Commission member Kirit Parikh recommended hiking up the prices of LPG and other petroleum products, Trinamool Congress has opposed the move, saying that a new burden of raised prices will hit the common people hard, said media reports.

Party chief and Union Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee said that the food inflation had already affected the common people too much to withstand a new burden of increased prices, said reports.

“There has been an abnormal increase in the prices of essential commodities and I am against a fresh increase in the prices of petroleum products, especially LPG,” Banerjee was quoted as saying.

The minister insisted that there was no need to go about implementing all the recommendations of the panel, said reports.

“Subsidised prices are alright. Subsidy is given by governments in developing countries keeping the interest of common people in mind,” she was quoted as saying.

Also, Banjerjee alleged that prices of essential commodities in West Bengal had been ruling ‘very high’ due to the state government’s inability to take action against illegal hoarding under the Essential Commodities Act, said reports.

She said that the state government, she alleged, is content only with blaming the Centre for the rise in prices, reports said.

(Based on internet reports)

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