VICE-PRESIDENT OF the Samajwadi Party and MP Janeshwar Mishra said that by going in for yet another hike in petrol and diesel prices, the Union Government had failed to properly address the challenge posed by the profit-driven fuel companies. He said the situation could have been addressed without causing problem to the common man.
Addressing media persons ,here on Thursday, the former petroleum minister said the Union Government had committed a mistake in asking the State Governments to cut down taxes to lower prices of petrol and diesel when the hike was on account of its policies. “I want to congratulate the Opposition and the Left parties for protesting against the unjustified hike and will urge the citizens to oppose the Centre’s decision tooth and nail,” he said.
He even praised the Staet Government for disbursing unemployment allowance.
“The Rs 500 allowance is to encourage the youngsters to demand jobs, which will result in a change in policies and generation of employment opportunities,” he said.
Mishra alleged that the district police were framing innocents in the name of working out cases and even carrying out encounters in the name of crime control. “The state government wants a check on the criminals but will not tolerate harassment and victimisation of innocents. Any police officer found indulging in such activities will be punished,” he said.
Meanwhile, SP national general secretary Ramji Lal Suman said no serious efforts were made in the past 20 years to find new sources of petrol and diesel. The Central Government also failed to launch any major project for the alternative energy, he alleged. Addressing a party meeting at George Town office on Thursday Suman said Brazil and the US mixed 25 to 40 per cent ethanol in petrol, which was made of sugar cane. But in India, the government was unable to take these measures due to pressure by the liquor lobby.
“The country can also start cultivation of Ratan Jyoti on 60 million hectare additional barren land to get biodiesel. Its production can also save foreign exchange,” he said.
Suman said the government increased prices of petrol and diesel on the basis of international prices of crude oil. But even when international prices came down the prices of petrol and diesel remained the same in the national market.
“All these factors prove the Congress has adopted an anti-people and anti-farmers’ policy. The government has also failed to properly implement irrigation schemes of the first Five Year Plan. Due to poverty and starvation as many as 26,000 farmers have committed suicide in the Congress ruled states. But in UP not even a single farmer committed suicide due to people friendly policies of Mulayam Singh Yadav government,” he added.
Jokhu Lal Yadav gave the welcome address. KK Srivastava conducted the meeting. Ram Gulab Patel, Bhola Gupta and Amarjeet Singh were present.