New Delhi: Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons justified the hike in petrol prices stating that the money is being used for the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden.
“Its an intentional decision by the government. We are going to tax people who can afford to pay. Only a person who has a car or bike will buy petrol. That person is certainly not starving, said Alphons.
We are imposing taxes to help the poor of this country lead a dignified life. They will have houses, toilets and basic amenities. All this money that is being collected is not being stolen by the Centre.
It was during the UPA regime that peoples money was stolen by the government. This is not the same government. We are here for the poor and the downtrodden. Uplifting them is going to cost a lot of money and we are going to tax people who can afford to pay, the minister said.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Friday said that it would launch a nationwide agitation against the “draconian” increase in central excise duty on petrol and diesel, alleging it has led to a steep hike in their prices.
Accusing the BJP government of “looting” the common people and “profiteering” at their expense, Congress’s senior spokesperson Ajay Maken said the party would continue its fight “until this draconian taxation regime is withdrawn”.