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Govt should determine pricing and distribution of gas: Karat

PTI  Jalandhar, August 04, 2009
First Published: 21:07 IST(4/8/2009) | Last Updated: 21:10 IST(4/8/2009)

Amid charges flying thick and fast over supply of gas produced by RIL in K-G basin fields, CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat said on Tuesday that the government should decide pricing and distribution of the fuel.

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“Natural gas is a national asset, so pricing and distribution of it should not be decided by any individual or any family,” Karat told reporters in Jalandhar.

Although natural gas was found by a particular company its extraction and its price should be determined by the government in the best interest of the country, he said.

On the occasion of first death anniversary of former party general secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet, Karat who was at Bundala, native village of the late comrade, said a letter on behalf of 30 Left MPs has been sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard.

The Left MPs had said in the letter that the government must take over the marketing rights of gas, produced by Mukesh Ambani-controlled RIL in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin, and they also opposed linking its prices with international prices.

Karat reiterated their stand and said the central government should take over the marketing and distribution of gas to ensure the national asset was not surreptitiously appropriated by anyone.

“Since gas is being produced in our country so there is absolutely no justification of pricing it on the basis of linkage with international price,” Karat said.


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