The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) strongly condemns yet another hike in the price of domestic LPG cylinder by Rs. 50 from today. This hike burdens the people further when the prices of all food and essential commodities are rising relentlessly.
With this hike, more people will dropout from using subsidized cooking gas cylinders as they simply cannot afford it. Already, over 10 per cent of those under Ujjwala Yojana have not taken any refill cylinders during last year. Nearly 12 per cent took only 1 refill. A total of 56.5 per cent took only 4 or less refills against the minimum required annual average of 7+ cylinders, and against an entitlement of 12 cylinders per year.
The commercial LPG cylinder prices have been hiked for the second time this year. With this Rs. 350.50 hike a cylinder would cost Rs. 2119.5 instead of Rs. 1769 in Delhi. This is bound to hike the input costs for all processed food products fueling further price rise.
This cruel hike has come in the background of growing levels of unemployment, poverty and inflation in the country. The Polit Bureau demands the rollback of these hikes immediately.