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I’m not suffering as I am a minister: Ramdas Athawale when asked if fuel prices affected him

I may suffer if I lose my ministerial post, Union minister Ramdas Athawale said when asked if rising fuel prices had affected him.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2018 23:13 IST
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Union minister Ramdas Athawale during a press conference in Bandra, Mumbai.(Pratham Gokhale/HT File Photo)

Union minister Ramdas Athawale said on Saturday that the increase in petrol and diesel prices did not bother him as he is a minister.

“I am not suffering from rising fuel prices as I am a minister,” he said, referring to the allowances he gets.

“I may suffer if I lose my ministerial post,” he continued, drawing laughter at a press conference in Jaipur.

He had been asked if he was personally affected by the rising prices.

The minister acknowledged that others are affected more.

“It is understandable that people are suffering from rising fuel prices and it is the duty of the government to reduce them,” the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment said.

He said the price of fuel can be reduced if the states cut the tax on it. The Centre is seriously working on the issue, he said.

Athawale reviewed progress of the schemes run in Rajasthan by his ministry.

He urged officials to disburse scholarship amounts to students from scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other categories on time, deal with pending applications for inter-caste marriage and hold special camps to help the differently abled.

Athawala heads the Republican Party of India, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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First Published: Sep 15, 2018 22:52 IST