Oil Minister defends high fuel prices citing govt spending on welfare schemes


New Delhi, Jun 13 (IANS): Accepting that high fuel prices have been a cause of difficulty to the general public, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said that at a time when the government expenditure has surged due to welfare schemes along with vaccination coverage amid the pandemic, the government is saving money for such initiatives for the public.

Speaking to reporters, Pradhan said: "I accept that the current fuel prices are causing trouble to the consumers, there is no ambiguity over it. But whether it is the Centre of the state governments over Rs 35,000 crore is being spent on vaccination during a year.

Recently, the Prime Minister announced Rs 1 lakh crore spending for giving free food grains to the poor under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana."

He also added that under PM Kisan scheme, thousand of crores have been transferred to the accounts of farmers and also mentioned that recently the minimum support prices (MSP) for rice and wheat have been announced keeping in view the well-being of farmers, which have added to the government exchequer.

"All these expenses (are there) and along with those, investments are required for job creation and developmental activities," he said.

"In this time of difficulty, we are saving money to spend for welfare initiatives," the Minister said.

On a question on criticism by the Opposition over high fuel prices, the Minister retorted by asking why the states where Congress is in power, such as Rajasthan, Punjab and Maharashtra, fuel prices have not been lowered.

The statement comes at a time when both petrol and diesel prices have surged to unprecedented levels and in several places including Mumbai, and Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan, petrol prices have surged over the Rs 100 per litre mark.

In Sri Ganganagar, even diesel has crossed the Rs 100 a litre mark. In Delhi, petrol was sold for Rs 96.12 while diesel was priced at Rs 86.98 per litre on Sunday.

 

  

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  • Omar, Mysore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Welfare !!!!, no oxygen, beds and worst dead bodies were thrown in river, now claim to spent on welfare and while people were struggling save themselves ,The prices of petrol-diesel have gone up 21 times since May 4. Prices have moved up more than 5% in a month. Jawwani mein goroon ke saath, fursaat me moron 🦚 🦚 🦚 ke saath , baaki samay choron ke saath 😂😂😂. 70 years to 7 years...if u give him another term he will bring all of you on the road and u people can beg by singing ram bhajans .😂😜😜 and which was rehearsed during COVID with diyaas & bells 🔔 🔔

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  • Hussain suhail Kandathpalli, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Minister lying Modi not doing any welfare All fuel increased money going to Ambani Because Ambani giving money to buy mla to topple non bjp ruled stse Ambani and Adani given too much money to bjp for West Bengal election Now Ambani wants his money increasing oil price And our minister saying money goes to welfare Lying lying lying

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  • Ranjan, Bangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    NPA happens in general apart from cases of fraud - NO GROWTH in the country - So investments are idle - planned capacity not utilised -

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  • Ranjan, Bangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Welfare schemes - are --- central vista project - 20000 crores - Bank write offs for wilful defaulters not NPA's - amounting to more than 5 lakh crores - NPA another 5 lakh crores - Not sure in the last 7 years how much Write off's - TAX PAYER BEARS THIS BY WAY OF PETROL /DIESEL - and other items --- Purchase of latest boeing aircrafts 8000 crores - Various election oriented schemes only to get votes with no follow up on right implementation - MONEY GOES TO WRONG HANDS --ELECTION SCHEMES_ ---- the list goes on ---- Common citizen - tax paying hardworking --need not read budget documents - if they cannot square up monthly household budgets then there is a problem -

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  • Rahulbaba, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    all the experts here commenting should try to read and understand the annual budget papers. Its easy to know the main points, if you give some attention. But , most comment here, without any knowledge about expenses and revenue.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    @ rahubaba mangalore, u didn't use your common sense. use your brain & understand properly. how dr. mammohan singhji managed 2 recessions 1 in 2008 another in 2011. during upa period there was more welfare programs irrespective of caste creed colour. now welfare is 1nly 4 nagpur. read my comment below about da crude oil prices in da int'l market. now no jobs 2 our youths.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Rahulbaba, you should take some time and write to the Budgetary committee to make wiser decisions than pouring our taxes into Ganga to clean. While on the other hand the same companies that donate to BJP Party Fund, release affluents from their factories into Ganga. Tell Yeddy to stop building pilgrimage shelter at Haridwar or other holy shrines for pilgrims from Karnataka. Stop grant funds to religious institutions and use it for building roads, develop city infrastructure. Develop education/health facilities. If budget is for appeasement, there is no sense in us thinking/discussing about it remotely.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    BJP wants run the government by earning money from the peoples blood.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Tax money where? Remove all taxes and GST increase 150 rs per liter for adani and people scheme.

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  • Ananthakrishna, Kudla

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Ten what happened to the PM Care fund?

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  • RSRB, Kundapura / Singapore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Ananthakrishna, Kudla Ventilators and oxygen arrangement is from Care Fund...

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Meaning, all welfare schemes are funded by us taxpayer citizens. Then, why does Modi claims to have done it himself ? Is he forfeiting his salary for all these works ?? Or spending from his family inheritance ? Why is he displaying his picture on every certificate ? Stop beating your chest while you politicians enjoy high perks but making us pay for the nation's betterment. Stop this eyewash and step down. The nation has lost immensely due to your mismanagement.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    RSRB, do you have count of how many of them are out of order ?? May have purchased second hand from China and billed to have imported from Germany

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Nallasopara

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    We will save Rs. 20,000 Crore if we stop Useless Central Vista ...

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  • RSRB, Kundapura / Singapore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Jossey Saldanha, Nallasopara What about stopping Rohingya Bhagya?

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  • Sma, Bengaluru

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Singapuri.... No one is taking your view.. Everyone is booting your comments. You should open your eyes and comment according to the current situation... Your hypocrite leaders are not blaming rohingnyasas... Why are you wasting your energy by blaming as you like....

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  • kavin, UDUPI

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Just a curious , How Ex Prime minister managed to give petrol at 60 while international crude oil was $140 ?

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 13 2021

    Huge inheritance.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 13 2021

    What welfare ??? even the poor countries give the vaccines free of cost.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 13 2021

    y your chaiwala p.m., & other bjp leaders, including yale university graduate smriti irani, protested & made bharat bundh several times during u.p.a., rule when da crude oil prices in da int'l market per barrel was $140/- and now da crude oil prices in da int'l market per barrel is $70/- did not da upa managed with petrol prices @₹70/- per litre. u idiots r selling now ₹101/- per litre. how u r enable 2 manage. reduce petrol & diesel prices 2 ₹55/- per litre immediately w/o wasting time. our youths have no jobs.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 13 2021

    Always in lying mode. With some feku excuses.

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