New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
on Friday appeared to defend the hike in petrol prices saying the
Centre had to take the decision out of compulsion and it was
time to face the situation with determination.
Admitting that rise in prices of petroleum products was
having a spiralling effect on other commodities, Dikshit said
the Centre was equally concerned about the problem being faced
by the citizens.
"There is a price rise and there is no doubt that it is
affecting all of us across the board. But I suppose it was
(the hike) due to Central government`s compulsions," she said
when asked to comment on increase in petrol prices.
Oil companies yesterday raised petrol prices by Rs 1.80
per litre, citing the impact of rupee depreciation on the cost
of crude oil imports. Following the increase, petrol in Delhi
will cost Rs 68.64 a litre.
"It is not that the government is not concerned. I think
it is something we have to face with determination," Dikshit