On Monday The Goa Congress protested against the Centre’s move to increase the fuel prices, when people are already in the grip of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The party urged to the President to direct the Center for the padyatra. Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar and state party unit’s women’s wing chief Pratima Kotinho staged a protest in North Goa district, while the leader of opposition in the state assembly Digambar Kamat led the protests in South Goa district.
The Congress, in its petition submitted to the administrators, said, “The repeated and unreasonable increase in prices has led to the Central Excise Duty on petrol and diesel for more than three months.” Of both districts.
In May 2014 (when BJP start work as a central government), the excise duty on petrol was Rs 9.20 per liter and diesel Rs 3.46 per liter.
And now the central government ( after six years,) has increased the excise duty on petrol by Rs 23.78 per liter and diesel by Rs 28.37 per liter.
He said the 820 percent increase in excise duty on diesel and 258 percent on petrol is astonishing. The Congress claimed that the Center Government has earned more than Rs 18,00,000 crore in the last six years from the increase in excise duty on petrol and diesel alone.
Congress said that in the last three and a half months, the BJP-led government has increased the price and excise duty on diesel by Rs 26.48 per liter and petrol by Rs 21.50 per liter.
It urged the President Ram Nath Kovind to direct the immediate rollback of the price hike and increase the excise duty after 5th March of this year, and to give benefits to the people in this difficult time.