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Fuel price hike: Truckers? stir on June 13

THE HIKE in prices of petroleum products was vehemently opposed in the general meeting of Indore Truck Operators Association and the transporters would observe a strike on June as a mark of protest.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 16:11 IST

THE HIKE in prices of petroleum products was vehemently opposed in the general meeting of Indore Truck Operators Association and the transporters would observe a strike on June as a mark of protest.

All-India Consumer Congress Indore City president Gajendra Singh Narang and national vice-president R K Shukla said that an appeal has been made to the President of India to guide the government to withdraw this hike in prices of petroleum products and provide relief to common man.

The memorandum states that owing to hike in petroleum prices there is resentment among the citizens and this has adversely affected the consumers. On a call given by All India Motor Transport Congress New Delhi, transport workers of the country would strike work on June 13 in the entire country.

In the meeting convened today, all members unanimously decided to express resentment and condemned the Central Government move.

Bharatiya Sangh district working committee has also condemned the hike and said that this had exposed the real face of Congressmen while in power. Bharatiya Kisan Sangh asserted that farmers would be greatest losers by this hike.

Indore Truck OP and Transport Association have clarified in a press release that Finance Ministry and Petroleum Ministry are earning heavy revenue through various duties. Oil companies, which are part of Government of India, are suffering loss but these issues are two sides of the same coin.

The press release aid that tax was recovered in the form of import duty, refinery charges, road development charges and sales tax charged by State Government etcetera. If all these taxes were eliminated, the actual expenses amount to Rs 20 per liters.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 16:11 IST