Activist protests fuel price hike

Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, June 27

A comedy artist-cum-social activist, Jai Parkash Jain, alias Teetu Baniya, staged a protest outside the DC Office here against the hike in petrol and diesel prices. He has demanded from the government to reduce the fuel rates at the earliest.

“Amid the pandemic, the fuel rates are being increased on a daily basis. To mark my protest against the increasing fuel prices, I had brought my car to sell at the DC Office today,” he said.

“People are facing financial problems as their businesses have been affected due to Covid. They hoped that the fuel prices will be reduced but these have been increased. I strongly oppose the hike,” he said.

Teetu said: “The police issue challan if four persons are found travelling in a car these days. But, no action is being taken against political leaders who, along with a large number of persons, protests by violating the social distancing norms.”

MCPI (U), trade unions oppose hike

Doraha: The Marxist Communist Party of India (United) (MCPIU), All India Kisan Federation (AIKF) and All India Centre of Trade Unions (AICTU) has opposed the continued rise in the prices of petrol and diesel since June 7, and that too at the time when the crude oil prices at the global level are all-time low.

The rise in fuel prices has made life miserable for people who are already facing issues such as unemployment, inflation and starvation due to Covid. The prices of essentials also gone up. The Central Government has also increased the excise duty on fuel by Rs 10 per litre, depriving people of benefits and giving billions of rupees to corporate houses.

Leaders of these organisations Kuldip Singh and Pawan Kumar Kaushal MCPI (U), Prem Singh Bhangu, V K Choudhary and Zora Singh of All India Kisan Federation and Gopikishan, Balkrishan and Malkit Singh of the AICTU in a joint press statement issued here said the government while increasing fuel prices was giving undue benefit to companies, hitting the common man hard.

The rise in prices had hit the agriculture and transport sectors hard, they rued.

The leaders said it was for the first time when the diesel had become costlier than petrol. The continued increase in the fuel prices have exposed the pro-corporate sector face of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

They demanded an immediate roll back of the hike in fuel prices to provide relief to the common man. They also demanded to roll back the hike in power tariff rates. If the government fails to come to the rescue of the common man, especially at a time when they are already passing through the worst phase, the day would not be far when people would hit the roads to express their resentment.