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Sonia Gandhi Writes To PM Modi, Seeks Rollback

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to roll again the hike in gas costs, saying the federal government’s choice to extend them in the course of the coronavirus disaster is “wholly insensitive” and “ill-advised”.

On condition that the worldwide worth of crude oil has fallen by roughly 9 per cent during the last week, the federal government is doing nothing in need of “profiteering off its people” when they’re down and out, she stated in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Petrol and diesel costs have been hiked for the 10th day in a row on Tuesday. Whereas the worth of petrol has gone up cumulatively by Rs 5.47 per litre, worth of diesel has elevated by Rs 5.eight per litre.

“I am deeply distressed that in these exceedingly difficult times since the beginning of March, the government has taken the wholly insensitive decision to increase petrol and diesel prices on no less than ten separate occasions,” Gandhi stated in her letter.

She accused the federal government of incomes an extra income of practically Rs 2.6 lakh crore by these “ill-advised” hikes in excise obligation and enhance in costs of petrol and diesel.

“I urge you to roll again these will increase and go on the good thing about low oil costs on to the residents of this nation.

“If you want for them to be ‘self-reliant’ then don’t place monetary fetters on their skill to maneuver ahead,” the Congress president stated.

Gandhi additionally urged the federal government to make use of its sources to place cash instantly into the palms of these in want in these instances of extreme hardship.

She stated India is going through unprecedented public well being, financial and social challenges in the course of the ongoing battle in opposition to COVID-19 and its individuals are going through unimaginable hardships like widespread worry and insecurity.

“These price increases are saddling our people with an additional burden of this enormous magnitude that is neither justified nor appropriate,” she added.

Gandhi stated, “It is the duty and responsibility of the government to alleviate suffering, not put the people to still greater hardship.”

“I see no logic in why the government would even consider such a price increase at a time when the economic impact of COVID-19 is depriving millions of jobs and livelihood, devastating business(es) big and small, rapidly eroding the income of the middle class, even as farmers are struggling to sow the crop for the Kharif season,” she stated.

“If ever there was a time to deploy these resources in the service of the people, it is now,” she stated.

The Congress has been demanding that petrol and diesel costs be introduced underneath the ambit of GST. It has additionally demanded a rollback of excise obligation hikes on petrol and diesel to convey down the costs.

The opposition social gathering has stated the federal government is incomes out of the pockets of the poor by imposing excessive taxes on petrol and diesel, depriving the widespread man of the good thing about decrease crude oil costs.

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