NCP,Cong for more measures to reduce impact of fuel price hike
July, 01st 2011
Mumbai, Jun 30(PTI)While welcoming Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's decision to reduce VAT on kerosene and diesel by two per cent, both Congress and the NCP today maintained that more needs to be done to minimise the impact of fuel hike on the consumers. NCP spokesman Madan Bafna said even though the government has done whatever it could, the party's demand that subsidy should be given for LPG stands, adding that the state government had acted on the issue after the NCP demanded that relief be provided to the common man. Chavan had yesterday announced reduction in VAT on diesel and kerosene by two per cent. He had said that the "Centre gives subsidy of Rs 380 per LPG cylinder to everybody.People like me also get that subsidy. I had suggested earlier that the subsidy should be restricted only to the needy people," Chavan had said. State Congress chief Manikrao Thakre said the decision to reduce VAT on diesel and kerosene was taken by both the parties adding the state Congress wants that maximum possible relief should be provided to the common man. Reacting to criticism that the relief was too little, he said two per cent cut amounted to loss of Rs 800 crore to the government. "The government also has to ensure that budgetary provisions for development schemes are not affected ," he said adding that there was no need to compare the steps taken by Maharashtra with other states like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan."All states have taken steps to provide relief to consumers to the best of their abilities,"he said.