The Congress slammed the government on Wednesday, a day after the government raised the price of LPG by Rs 25 per cylinder. According to the report, the price of LPG has risen by Rs 265 in the last nine months, a huge 44 percent increase.
“The prices of the LPG cylinders have been hiked once again by Rs 25. With the current hike in the prices, the LPG cylinder price in Delhi has gone to Rs 859,” Congress spokesman Supriya Shrinate told reporters at the AICC headquarters.
She claimed that from November 2020, the government has raised LPG cylinder rates by Rs 265, a 44 percent rise. She also stated that the government has not provided any cooking gas subsidies since May 2020.
Shrinate stated, “In 2014, the subsidy on fuel was Rs 1.47 lakh crore, which has been decreased to Rs 12,000 crore in 2021 Budget.”
Shrinate, who was accompanied by party spokespersons Alka Lamba and Radhika Khera, as well as Delhi Mahila Congress president Amrrita Dhawan, claimed that the government earned Rs 4.53 lakh crore from fuel taxes but that no assistance was given to the people of the country.
Oil companies have raised domestic cooking gas rates for the second month in a row. On June 1, a domestic cylinder priced Rs 809. On July 1, the rate was increased to Rs 834.
“In June 2013, Modiji claimed that the people of the country are suffering due to inflation by the government sitting in Delhi,” the Congress leader added, slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shrinate said, “There can be no other falsehood than this, when the people of the country are reeling under inflation, but the government is not worried to give any relief to them by reducing the prices of the LPG.”
Economic slowdown, unemployment, and lower earnings, according to the Congress leader, are cruel jokes on the people of the country. If the pricing of Saudi Arabia’s Aramco are compared, she claims that the current price of crude gas is $611.14 per metric tonne. And, based on the current price of crude gas, LPG cylinders in India should be sold at Rs 600.7 per cylinder.
“Government keeps glorifying its Ujjwala scheme, but they ignore to add that 23 crore people have been driven below the poverty line,” she remarked, slamming the government’s Ujjwala scheme. She wondered how many of them could afford an LPG cylinder, which costs Rs 859.
Shrinate urged that the government show some compassion and promptly lower the price of LPG cylinders so that ordinary people might get some respite.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress general secretary, had previously criticised the Modi government on Twitter for raising the price of LPG. She claimed that by demonstrating the Ujjwala scheme’s ambition, the Union government’s collection fund is thriving by increasing the price of LPG every month.
Priyanka tweeted, “On July 1 this year, the Union government increased the price of LPG cylinders by Rs 25 and on August 17 it has again hiked the price of LPG cylinders by Rs 25. By showing the dream of Ujjwala Yojana, the collection scheme of the BJP government is flourishing by increasing the price of LPG every month.”
Meanwhile, according to a pricing notice from oil companies, subsidised LPG now costs Rs 859 per 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi.
On August 1, non-subsidised LPG rates were raised by the same amount, and now subsidised cooking gas prices have been raised as well.
The price of subsidised and non-subsidised cooking gas is almost identical.
According to industry sources, the government did not hike the subsidised LPG price on August 1 since Parliament was in session and the government may have been targeted by the opposition.
The most recent adjustment in the discounted LPG price brings the total rate increases since January 1 to Rs 165 per cylinder.
By raising rates every month, the government terminated LPG subsidies. Subsidies were phased out by May 2020 as a result of these monthly increases.
In the previous seven years, the cost of domestic cooking gas has more than doubled. On March 1, 2014, the retail selling price of domestic gas was Rs 410.5 per 14.2-kg cylinder.
A 14.2 kg LPG cylinder in Mumbai now costs Rs 859.5, while it costs Rs 886 in Kolkata. An LPG cylinder will now cost Rs 875.50 in Chennai, up from Rs 850.50 previously.
Meanwhile, according to the price notification, diesel prices were reduced by 19 to 21 paise across the country, while petrol prices remained unaltered.
This is the first time the pricing has changed in over a month. In Delhi, the price of petrol has remained steady at Rs 101.84 per litre.
Diesel prices, on the other hand, have been decreased to Rs 89.67 per litre, down from Rs 89.87. In Mumbai, a litre of fuel now costs Rs 97.24.