|Soaring prices of fuel, vegetables, groceries have wrecked common household's budget: Manju Singh|
|Early Times Report |
Jammu, Jan 19: Accusing the BJP of having miserably failed to control inflation scores of women activists of Mahila Panthers spearheaded by Manju Singh General Secretary JKNPP and other leaders staged a thundering protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground in Jammu today on the occasion of visit of central Ministers to J&K.
Infuriated over the sharp rise in prices of fuel, LPG, staple vegetables and groceries, the protestors raised slogans of 'Central Ministers Go Back','Jab se Modi sarkaar ayee, kamar todh mehangayi layee', 'Bahut ho gayee mehangayi ki maar, nahin chahiye Modi sarkaar', 'BJP ka ek hi sapna, Ram Ram Japna, paraya maal apna'. They tried to take out a procession which was thwarted by police leading to clashes with injuries to several female activists.
Describing India's Petrol and Diesel prices costliest in Southeast Asia, Manju Singh said that at the time when GST had been introduced to rationalize indirect taxes in the country, it was indeed unjustifiable to keep petrol products outside the ambit of the new taxation regime.
"If the petrol at Rs. 77 per litre on an average current rate was brought under GST, it would cost as little as Rs. 45 per litre and diesel at Rs. 69 per litre on an average current rate would cost Rs. 40 per litre", Manju explained. She further pointed out that with the petrol and diesel becoming dearer, the price of domestic LPG cylinder had also soared. LPG at Rs. 761 per cylinder has added to the woes of the housewives, she rued.
Asserting that soaring price of fuel has led to a steep rise in transportation fares, Singh said it had also turned other essential commodities dearer. She figured out that price of onion at Rs. 60 per kg had rendered the staple vegetable beyond the reach of a common man.
"The astounding rate of garlic at Rs.200 per kg, tomatoes at Rs. 40 per kg, peas at Rs. 50 per kg, green leafy vegetables at Rs.30-40 per kg, beans at Rs. 60 per kg, lemons at Rs. 60 per kg, etc has shattered the budget of a common household with housewives left dazed and confused", anguished Manju revealed. She regretted that inflation had become a benchmark of BJP's governance and looting people by burning holes in their pockets had always been its nasty motive.
Anguished over the skyrocketing prices of groceries, she pointed out that prices of almost all the essentials including pulses and cereals had risen by an appalling rate. "They are spine breaking. Desi ghee at 475 per kg, Mustard oil at Rs. 132 per litre, Basmati rice at Rs. 100 per kg, Sugar at 44 per kg, Chana dal at Rs. 70 per kg, Grams at Rs. 70-90 per kg, Mash dal at Rs.122 per kg, Moong dal at Rs.108 per kg, Masoor dal at 72 per kg, Rajmah 155-180 per kg, Arhar dal at 108 per kg, Roungi at 86 per kg, Turmeric powder Rs. 220 per kg, Red chili powder at 440 per kg, etc. have set the common kitchen on fire. Likewise, the prices of dairy products had also crossed an all-time high adding further burden on the people", she regretted.