Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Dhawala said that the decision of Central Government to raise the price of LPG, Diesel and kerosene oil has pushed common man in hardship. He said that the citizens of the country are facing price hike of various commodities and Central Government was not hesitating to implement anti people policies.

Minister praises State Cabinet decision to reduce VAT on diesel from 14 percent to 9.70 percent to provide relief to the people of the State. He said that with this step of the State Government, consumers will get diesel cheaper by Rs. 1.54 per litre. He said that since January, 2004, an increase of Rs. 19.45 had been made in the price of diesel and the price of LPG cylinder had been increased by almost Rs. 170 since 2004 till date.

The Minister said that during 2008-09, 63483 kilo litre kerosene oil was being allocated to the State which had been reduced to 40,260 kilo litre in the year 2010-11, adding that the Central Government had made 52 percent reduction of kerosene quota to the State this year. He said that 5627 kilo litre kerosene oil was required per month whereas the Central Government was allotting 2576 kilo litre oil to the State.