APCC urges Centre to roll back price hikes, requests CM to restart Kimin LPG bottling plant

ITANAGAR, 19 Jul: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has urged the central government to roll back the prices of fuel and essential commodities in the country.

In a memorandum it submitted to the president of India through the governor, the APCC on Monday said that the president should direct the central government to immediately roll back the prices of fuel and essential commodities and the excessive excise duty “to provide relief to the already suffering consumers in this time of pandemic, economic slowdown and unprecedented unemployment.”

The APCC said that the BJP government at the Centre hiked the fuel prices on 29 occasions during the last two months under its “‘draconian policies.”

Hiking the prices of petrol and diesel has resulted in “backbreaking” increase in the prices of essential commodities, including edible oil, cooking gas, pulses and other household items, the APCC said.

“As the country faces unprecedented health and economic pandemic, the Modi government is profiteering from the misery of the people by repeated increase in prices, as also the excise duty on petrol and diesel, without taking any corrective measures,” the APCC added.

In a similar memorandum to the chief minister, the APCC said: “There is a wider shock and concern among the citizens of the state

over the repeated and unjust increases in petrol, diesel, LPG prices and other essential commodities.”

The APCC urged the chief minister to “immediately reduce the state’s share of excessive freight charges, excise duty and VAT on petrol and diesel at the lowest.”

It further urged the state government to immediately restart the Kimin LPG bottling plant and commission a new LPG bottling plant in the eastern part of Arunachal to ensure regular supply of LPG cylinders in the state.