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Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Car, bike owners can afford petrol, says Union minister

Car, bike owners can afford petrol, says Union minister

Somebody who has a auto, bike etc is not starving.

The Union Minister said, "It's an intentional decision by the government".

Taking part in the campaign organised at Delhi Cantonment here, Defence Minister Sitharaman said her ministry will carry out a drive to remove garbage from high altitude areas and glaciers. "Certainly he is not starving; somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay", Alphons Kannanthanam said while giving justification on fuel price hike.

"Prime Minister Modi has a huge dream for the poor of India". It is very simple. Sixty-seven per cent of people in the country don't have toilets, lakhs of crores of rupees are required to make toilets for them and to construct houses for all.

Former Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily described Alphons' statement as "atrocious". "This is how bureaucrats, who come to politics, have no understanding of people's problems".

Numerous onlookers did not even recognize the minister, who was dressed casually in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, as he went about shaking hands with some and patting the back of others, asking everyone to join the endeavor to keep the city clean always. He said, "The government is still fleecing people when crude prices have come down". He said during the UPA government any of the petroleum minister they had chose to pass on the benefit of low crude prices to consumers.

On the other hand, Congress on Friday announced that the party would start a nationwide agitation against the "draconian" increase in central excise duty on fuel.

His comments have come at a time when the fuel prices are at a three-year high even as global crude prices have crashed. This time over a steep rise in petrol prices.

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