Vehicle owners can afford to pay more for fuel; they aren’t starving: Union minister
T’Puram: Vehicle owners are “not starving” and can afford to pay for petrol, Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam said on Saturday, defending the rise in fuel prices. “All the money collected goes to the poor and it is an intentional decision taken by the government,” he said, adding that taxes were aimed at mobilising resources for infrastructure projects. “So we are going to tax people who can afford to pay. Who buys petrol? Somebody with a car, somebody with a bike. Certainly, they are not starving. Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay,” the minister said. When it was pointed out that the BJP had opposed fuel price hikes during the UPA regime, Alphons said the government was using the money for the poor and downtrodden.