Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Thursday opposed
increase in the prices of LPG and and other petroleum products
recommended by an expert panel headed by former Planning
Commission member Kirti Parikh, saying a new burden of raised
prices would hit the common people hard.
TC chief Mamata Banerjee said the common people had
already been affected too much by the food inflation to
withstand a new burden of increased prices.
"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 said.
She said there was no need to implement all the
recommendations of the Parikh panel.
"Subsidised prices are alright. Subsidy is given by
governments in developing countries keeping the interest of
common people in mind," she said.
Yesterday, a prime minister-appointed panel, which
included members Finance Secretary Ashok Chawala and Oil
Secretary S Sundareshan, submitted a report to Petroleum
Minister Murli Deora suggesting freeing petrol and diesel
prices and called for raising LPG rates by a steep Rs 100 per
cylinder and kerosene by Rs 6 a litre.