Former Himachal Pradesh transport minister G S Bali has strongly criticised the central government for rise in fuel prices in the country, saying the budget of ordinary family's have been hit massively.
Bali said, "The rise in petrol and diesel prices have directly affected the public. The cost of building material is also very high.
Bali said the financial health of Himachal Road Transport Corporation is also deteriorating. Speaking to PTI Wednesday, the former state minister said, Distributing free LPG connections to the poor is of no help. The government must ensure there is a low rate for refuelling cylinders.
Bali said the centre and the state governments have failed on all fronts. The Jai Ram government in HP should wake up and help the public by reducing oil prices, added Bali.
He said the loss in taxes could be met by increasing taxes on the extremely rich and prosperous industrial units.
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