Badal slams Centre over fuel price hike
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 17:41
  
Chandigarh: Criticising Centre for "unwarranted and steep" hike in fuel prices, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday demanded an immediate rollback of the increase.

"The recent hike of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas is absolutely unrealistic and arbitrary," Badal said here.

He said it was "unforgivable" that on one hand the Centre boasted of a high growth rate in the economy while on the other hand, it was burdening common man with such an "undesirable and unbearable" rise.

Badal said that the Centre had been "arbitrarily" increasing the prices of diesel time and again and a similar increase of Rs 3 per litre was imposed almost four months back, putting an additional burden of Rs 300 crore on the Punjabi farmers.

The Chief Minister said that in order to insulate small and marginal farmers from such "frequent shocks", a mechanism of differential pricing of agricultural sector should be introduced.

In a steep hike, the Central government yesterday had increased diesel price by Rs 3 per litre, domestic LPG by Rs 50 per cylinder and kerosene by Rs 2 per litre.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 17:41


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