New Delhi: WB CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday (July 5) discharged a letter to PM Modi urging cut in taxes enforced by the Centre on fuel, thereby causing “cruel” surge in the prices of petrol and diesel.
She wrote that the unusual fuel prices have evolved in inflation in other household items and have influenced the common people adversely.
“Amazingly, the retail price of petrol in many states across the nation has surpassed an unusual Rs. 100 per litre,” Banerjee wrote in a letter.
“I have noticed that fuel prices were hiked by your government 8 times since the 4th of May, 2021 and out of these, rates were surged 6 times in the month of June, 2021 only and shockingly, 4 times in one week. These rather cruel rises in fuel prices have affected the commoner most adversely and have directly struck the dangerously rising inflation in the country,” she wrote to Modi.
“Consumer Price Index swelled by 6.30% where the prices of edible oils used by commoners regularly, soared by 30.8%, eggs by 15.2%, fruits by 12% and health-related items, in the middle of the pandemic, approximately by 8.44%. Much of this inflation was sparked by the fuel price hikes,” she added.
She said that such vital inflation in prices “diminish the real income of the commoner”.
She further said, “In the middle of this COVID pandemic, the Government of India has collected revenue of remarkably Rs 3.71 lakh crore (Rs 3,71.725 crore) from oil and petroleum products in the financial year 2020-21. In fact, over the past six years of your Government, the Government of India’s tax assembling from oil and petroleum products has leaped by a staggering 370% since 2014-15, due to constant rise in Central Excise Duty on oil and petroleum products including cesses and surcharges, at the cost of the commoners.”
Banerjee mentioned that her government has “voluntarily given a discount to both petrol and diesel as a token of our sympathy for the commoners.”