THE Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and other central trade unions strongly condemned the action of the Central Government allowing steep rise in the price of diesel and partially withdrawing the so called subsidy on LPG. “The increase in prices of diesel will have cascading effect on prices of essential commodities including food, vegetable and transport. It will make the life of ordinary people more measurable who are already reeling under the burden of soaring prices. The monthly budget of millions of people will be imbalanced due to withdrawal subsidy on LPG beyond 6 cylinders in a year,” the joint statement issued by the central trade unions in New Delhi on September 14 said.
The statement signed by BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, etc said the Government instead of mobilising resources from rich corporates, which have capacity to pay, has pushed the entire burden on the ordinary people. It has been done after steep increase in water and electricity charges by State Governments. “The central trade unions demand total withdrawal of the increase in diesel prices and curtailing of subsidy on LPG. We also call upon the State constituents and unions all over the country to immediately organise protest demonstrations, rallies, dharnas, etc. to exhibit their protest against the Government’s decision and demand immediate roll back of the hike,” the statement added.