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Posted on Jan 30, 09:31AM | UNI
New Delhi, Jan 29 : The Bharatiya Janata Party today demanded immediate rollback of the dual pricing policy for diesel, under which the price for bulk consumers has been hiked steeply by Rs 11 per litre, saying it has put an ''unprecedented burden'' on the common man
The BJP said the 'partial' deregulation of diesel prices should also be withdrawn
''The BJP condemns the dual price mechanism for diesel implemented by the Congress-led UPA government which has put an unprecedented burden on the common man. This is a price hike in disguise,'' BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters here. He said the government while deregulating diesel prices has created two categories of customers-- bulk users and customers purchasing from retail outlets of oil companies. While the customers on retail outlets will have to pay Rs 50 to Rs 54 per litre, the bulk users have been forced to pay Rs 62 to Rs 65 per litre. Mr Javadekar alleged that the government has put burden on the common man in the name of bulk purchasers. He termed the categorisation as 'bogus'
''The state transport corporations will have to shell out Rs 3000 crore more by this decision. The Railways will have to bear the brunt to the extent of Rs 3000 crore. The public utilities like city bus services and other public utilities will also have to pay Rs 3000 crore more,'' he claimed. The BJP leader said all these services will obviously pass on the burden to the common man, who is ''already reeling under the impact of monthly hike in diesel prices''. ''The overall burden of the government's deregulation of diesel prices will be about Rs 60,000 crore in 2013,'' Mr Javadekar added. He further said even the fishermen have been declared as bulk users. With the new rules of dispensing of diesel to the consumers, even the farmers will be forced to pay the price of bulk diesel. The introduction of dual pricing policy had led to steep hike of Rs 11 per litre of diesel for bulk consumers and an increase of 55 paise per litre per month for retail consumers.