The first session of the newly-elected Kerala Assembly began on a stormy note on Monday, with the opposition Left walking out after the Speaker disallowed their demand for a discussion on the recent hike in fuel prices.
Admitting that high prices of
food and fuel remain a concern, the government on Sunday said it
will seek to contain food inflation through measures for
improving productivity of various agriculture products.
The Kerala Assembly on Friday passed an unofficial resolution asking the Centre to roll back prices of petroleum products amid walkout by Opposition
Congress-led UDF demanding amendment in the resolution.
In a major policy reform that will help the government improve its financial health but may stoke inflation, a ministerial panel Friday decided to decontrol petrol, and increase prices of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas.
Petrol and diesel prices will go up by 50 paise a litre from tonight in 13 big cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, where cleaner Euro-IV grade fuel will be supplied from Thursday, a government official said.