RE­DUCE CEN­TRAL EX­CISE TO CUT FUEL PRICES: SUKHBIR TO PM

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB - Let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com chandigarh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDIGARH: Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) pres­i­dent Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tues­day urged Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to re­duce cen­tral ex­cise on petrol and diesel so that the com­mon man, farm­ers and those in trans­port sec­tor do not suf­fer.

In a let­ter to the Prime Min­is­ter, the SAD pres­i­dent said that the steep hike in petrol and diesel prices was re­sult­ing in hard­ship for farm­ers who were sow­ing ‘kharif’ crop and the in­creased price of trans­porta­tion had led to in­crease in prices of es­sen­tial com­modi­ties. He said that the com­mon man had also been ad­versely af­fected by the un­prece­dented hike. “Re­duc­tion in fuel prices would also help the in­dus­try get up on its feet by re­duc­ing the in­put costs,” said Sukhbir.

ALSO WRITES TO PUN­JAB CM

The SAD pres­i­dent also wrote a sep­a­rate let­ter to chief min­is­ter Capt Amarinder Singh, re­quest­ing him to re­duce the state taxes on petrol and diesel. He said that in Pun­jab, the state tax on petrol had gone up to 27.27% while for diesel it was up at 17.53%.

He said the high quo­tient of state taxes on fuel had af­fected farm­ers the most. “Move­ment of mi­grant labour out of Pun­jab had led to dou­bling of trans­plan­ta­tion rates of paddy. Amid the paddy sow­ing sea­son and var­i­ous farm oper­a­tions, farm­ers have been hit by an un­rea­son­able hike in state taxes on diesel,” he said.

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