June 19, 2018

Alphons says fuel price hike meant to subsidise the poor

16 September 2017, 11:01 | Joann Bryant

Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam

Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said that Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam's statement that people who use petrol and diesel are rich enough, and the hiking of the prices of fuel is deliberate, was utter foolishness.

His comments came at a time when fuel prices are at a three-year high when global crude prices have crashed attracted strong criticism from opposition parties which described them as insensitive to the common man's problems. Somebody who has a auto, bike; certainly he is not starving.

The minister also said that those who can afford vehicle shouldn't be complaining about this price hike and must bear it for the sake of the country.

Justifying the rising fuel prices, Kannanthanam said, "Who buys petrol?"

Meanwhile, a group of Youth Congress activists began a march to present eyeglasses to Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday at his residence but were stopped by police.

The state unit of the BJP had come under criticism as on the day Alphons was sworn in, the state party headquarters wore a deserted look and the only celebrations was only at his home town in Kanjirapally.

This is not the first time Alphons made a controversial statement since he was made minister after Narendra Modi's latest cabinet reshuffle. "Lot of people do not have a house". "To make houses and toilets and to get electricity to every village, it is going to cost enormous amount of money", he said. "We are imposing taxes to help the poor".

The petrol and diesel prices have gone through the roof ever since the central government announced daily revision of fuel prices. He also added that numerous ministers in Modi's government are like this. "In India 30 per cent of the people are downtrodden and crores of rupees were needed for their welfare", he said.

But states were not willing to bring liquor and petroleum products under GST, he added.

Other News

Trending Now

Suu Kyi working to get aid to Rohingya: US Senate leader McConnell
UNICEF said on Thursday that about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since August 25, some 60 percent of them children. Nobody wants to see a return to military rule in Burma [Myanmar's former name], nobody wants to see a return of the generals.

Trump Tweets His Opposition To Chain Migration - But What Is It?
The scope of the border security measures that would be included in an eventual bill could also undercut Democratic support. Trump was quick to respond to their statement, as he tweeted September 14, "No deal was made last night on DACA".

Key stats ahead of India-Australia ODI series that begins on Sunday
Australia will be without Aaron Finch in this series but Smith says it doesn't change anything. The 28-year-old scored 330 runs in 5 matches to finish as highest run-getter in the series.

Sanchez Rejects Madrid, Confirms City Desire
Arsenal take on Chelsea on Sunday and now, Merson has selected what he thinks is the strongest IX made up of the two teams. Sanchez's intense work rate in the final third has also reportedly seen Madrid look at the potential of making a bid.

Facebook Handed Russian-Linked Ads Over to Mueller Under Search Warrant
The company also discovered about 500 likely fraudulent accounts that had been used to disseminate pro-Russian propaganda. The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are also looking into the matter.

Another North Korean Missile Lands beyond Japan
President Trump insisted on Friday that the US Air Force and the advanced US weaponry can make American enemies "tremble". But the Kremlin has also been critical of calls from Washington to ramp up the sanction pressure on North Korea .

PM Modi To Inaugurate World's 2nd Biggest Dam On His Birthday
The increased height of the dam is likely to benefit participating states - Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The dam has earned over Rs 16,000 crore - more than double the cost of its construction, said a government spokesman.

Five Dead After Irma Knocks Out Power To Nursing Home
Meanwhile, the state estimates that 4.4 million people in the state remain without power. Three people died in the nursing home and three other succumbed in a nearby hospital.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (FOXA) Shares Bought by Pacad Investment Ltd.
The stock of Credicorp Ltd. (USA) (NYSE:BAP) has "Overweight" rating given on Thursday, August 11 by JP Morgan. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track American Tower Corporation 1 of them rate its stock a hold.

8 killed at Irma-hit Florida nursing home
Officials at the Florida nursing home where eight residents died in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma reportedly called Gov. Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as younger people.