The worries of a common man do not seem to be receding as after a slight slash in the fuel prices last month, the central government has raised petrol price by `3.96 per litre and diesel by `2.37 per litre. This would take its toll on the household budgets of the city residents as the prices of essential commodities are likely to rise in the coming days.
According to the market experts, the substantial increase in fuel price will have its effects on the vegetable and fruit prices. Besides, the bus fare and other modes of transportation most likely will also see an upward revision.
Jasmeet Kaur, a homemaker, rued, "The sudden hike of `4 in petrol prices will affect the common man badly as not only the prices of veggies and fruits will increase, the daily commuters will also have to shell out extra money, therefore affect their household budget immensely."
Harbansh Singh, general secretary, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), said, "Almost every market is directly or indirectly connected to and dependent on fuel market, thus a hefty increase in it would suddenly cause inflation in every market. The transportation charges and bus fare will also see a rise in the coming days. We will approach the transport department to not raise the bus fare which was recently revised (increased)."
Punjab State Fruits and Vegetables Commission Agents Association general secretary Amarveer Singh said, "Since it is a substantial hike, it will definitely hit the veggies market. The prices of fruits will increase more than the vegetables as it mostly transported from other parts of the region as compare to the latter (veggies) which are procured locally."
Gurmeet Singh, a commuter who travels to Jalandhar to his workplace every day, said, "A hefty increase in fuel prices would definitely trigger hike in bus fares too which would further affect my monthly budget severely. The central government has only made false promises as common man continue to bear the same miseries all over again and even basic necessities have become a distant dream for us."There are eight vegetable and fruit mandis currently operating in the city.