AMARAVATI: Telugu Desam Party senior MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary on Tuesday demanded the YSRCP government to roll back the hiked prices in petrol and diesel in order to provide relief to the common people as well as the industry in this troublesome Coronavirus time.
He said that if the government went on increasing the prices, it would lead to the collapse of the transport sector especially the land transportation by lorries. Once, fuel price was just Rs. 55 per litre but now it reached Rs. 80 and the growing trend indicates that it would reach Rs. 100 soon.
Addressing a press conference here, Butchaiah Chowdary advised the government not to take fuel price hikes as a source of income since it would have serious consequences on the overall economy and production. It is not correct on the part of AP government to impose additional tax of Rs. 1.24 per litre on petrol and 93 paise on diesel. The hike is unwarranted since there is no rise in international crude oil prices. Unfortunately, the government is not passing on benefits to the citizens when global market prices come down.
The TDP MLA asked why the government was looking for additional revenue mobilisation at a time when it was not taking up any development projects like Polavaram, Amaravati Capital nor was it laying any roads anywhere in the state. Moreover, Rs. 95,000 Cr loans were brought but there was nil development in any sector. More loans were taken in excess of the limit by taking relaxations from the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM).
Butchaiah Chowdary said that the government was also not doing anything to mitigate the suffering of AP people in the face of rising Covid threat. The Covid funds released by the Centre were diverted. The virus infections were on constant rise even as over 50 deaths were occurring in AP everyday while recovery rate was falling down drastically. Despite rapid spread of infections, the government is allowing massive crowds at liquor shops. Finance Minister was giving meaningless logic that higher rates of liquor and petrol will discourage people from coming out of their homes so that they will be safe.