MUMBAI: Noting that the issue of inflation and hike in fuel prices will continue to dominate the upcoming session of Parliament from July 19, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday alleged that the central government has paid Rs 25 lakh crore as fuel tax. But this fund is neither being used for the welfare of the people nor is being given to the state governments. Addressing a press conference in the Rajya Sabha, the Leader of Opposition said that in the last seven years, the Narendra Modi government has made the life of common people difficult.
Mallikarjun Kharge alleged, “The prices of fuel, LPG, and edible oils are at an all-time high. The central government has collected Rs 25 lakh crore as tax on fuel but neither this fund is being spent for the welfare of the people nor is it being given to the state governments. The fuel prices have been increased “326 times, out of which 38 have been increased in the last two months”.
The Congress leader said, “During the UPA rule, the central tax on fuel was Rs 9.48 per liter which has now increased to Rs 32.90. During the UPA regime, the price of crude oil was $ 111 a barrel and then the price of petrol in the country was Rs 71 a liter. Now the price of crude oil is $ 44 per barrel, then the price of petrol is Rs 107 per liter. He said that the central government has collected Rs 25 lakh crore as fuel tax and the price of domestic gas cylinder has gone up to Rs 834 and the subsidy on it has also been withdrawn.
He said, “The Prime Minister had said that Rs 15,000 crore was saved under the DBT scheme and that means the government has saved about Rs 1 lakh crore in this way. But the Modi government is not using this money for the welfare of the people nor is giving it to the state governments.
He said that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had suggested sending six thousand rupees to the accounts of the poor but it was rejected. The Congress leader said that during the Kovid epidemic, 1.33 lakh people lost their jobs and the per capita income fell by ten thousand rupees. He said that the GDP has declined by nine to ten per cent. He said that Maharashtra has not yet received Rs 32,000 crore of GST from the Centre.