There is no obvious solution to resolve the rising petrol prices, as corroborated by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman’s reactions. She said lowering the price is a dilemma of duty. On the other hand, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan recently said that petrol prices may just curtail in March or April with all confidence and as the most committed politician consistently squeezed under the regulation of OPEC tactics. How can it positively be?
A few days ago, he talked of bringing petrol under the precincts of GST for curtailing its hopping price. There remains contradictions in reactions to this proposition. Not only some vehicle users, but all are displeased by the high spurt in petrol prices. It appears to be pursuing with a painful and uncomfortable approach. Will it not be apt to express that petrol prices are rising like the pandemic? Although the vehicle riders find the situation irritating, yet, roads remain occupied with fast-moving vehicles. This may be enough to prove that there is not much problem due to the rising price. The government does look to bring the petrol into the ambit of GST to contain its increasing price, but there remains little attention on bringing down taxes such as excise duty and VAT, given a sudden increase in the petrol price.
It is better to grasp the minister’s precise words: “केंद्रीय पेट्रोलियम मंत्री ने कहा कि तेल उत्पादक देशों द्वारा कच्चे तेल की बढ़ती कीमतों के कारण देश में पेट्रोलियम प्रोडक्ट्स महंगे हो रहे हैं. अपने देश के हित में अधिक लाभ कमाने के लिए, कच्चे तेल की आपूर्ति करने वाले देश कच्चे तेल की कीमतों में बढ़ोतरी कर रहे हैं. उन्होंने कहा कि कच्चे तेल की आपूर्ति करने वाले देशों से कच्चे तेल की कीमतों में बढ़ोतरी न करने का अनुरोध किया गया है क्योंकि इसका प्रभाव सीधे उपभोक्ता पर पड़ता है (Petroleum minister said that due to the increase in price in raw oil in oil-producing countries, the price of petrol has increased. These countries are increasing the price to earn more profit. The countries have been requested to bring down the price because this price effects the common citizen.” )।. Further, अहमदाबाद में एक कार्यक्रम में निर्मला सीतारमण से जब पूछा गया कि तेल की कीमतों को सरकार कब कम करेगी तो उन्होंने कहा कि वह नहीं बता पाएंगी कि कब… यह एक धर्म संकट है (Further, when asked till when the government will keep increasing petrol prices, FM Nirmala Sitharaman said she doesn’t know.”) |
However, whatever vehicle users may discern from the news, there is an urgent need to discard their dependence on the engine-propelled motors. The time is ripe for saying no to continue life as machinejeevee. There are benefits of walking. As medical minds also indicate, walking reduces sugar level or even cures patients suffering from short height. Body remains fit without any controversy. The time has come to shun every kind of fear restricting us from intense sweating. A fit body can even procure employment. They need to sing the revolutionary song on the contour of “Tel bhrane ki tamanna hai abhi, dekhna hai kitna ouper jata hai abhi.”
As we know very well, being a welfare state, the government proceeds to provide subsidies on various things, so it has to adjust its tax structure in a shocking way. As a result, the unhappy populace are forced to purchase daily needs including petrol on surged prices. Politicians are caring for the agonised public and saving their pointed nose also.
Like our country’s helpless condition, Tories and the conservatives in London are up in arms over a proposed hike in petro prices with their Rishi Sunak, who is leading the way for the 58p-a-litre levy in the Chancellor’s sights — with as much as a 5p rise being considered — to help plug the Covid black-hole.
They maintain that PM Boris Johnson had pledged not to increase the hated levy in 2019 and breaking the vow would betray voters. The move will create significant economic difficulties for millions in Britain too. The UK analysts put: “A hike of 2p would cut GDP by £600million, reduce employment by 8,000 jobs and add 0.6% to inflation.” It can be an intimate procedure and a variety of barriers can stop him from hiking petrol price, even though it can be a money-generating method. This simple and convenient idea indicates the move is being initiated in the public interest to comfort their hands.