Kolkata: Facing a strike threat from
transport operators, who want a fare hike to offset rise in
diesel prices, the West Bengal government today announced an
additional subsidy of Rupee one per litre on diesel, bringing
the total subsidy on it to Rs two.
"Earlier, we had announced a subsidy of one rupee on a
litre of diesel. Today, after a meeting with the chief
minister and transport minister, we have decided to give an
additional subsidy of one rupee. So the subsidy per litre will
be Rs two," Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta told newsmen.
Dasgupta expressed hope that the transport operators
would not insist on a fare hike following the rise in subsidy.
He said the subsidy would also be applicable to diesel
used for running irrigation pumps.
Subsidy to the transport operators would be directly
credited to their bank accounts on production of the fuel bill
to the Transport Department through the respective Route
Farmers would get their fuel subsidies in cash on
production of their fuel bills to the District Agriculture
Officers, he said.