January 17, 2015


Press Statement


The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:


Sham of Lowering Petrol & Diesel Prices


The Central Government has for the fourth time since November hiked the  excise duties on petrol and diesel which will bring the Government revenue of 20,000 crores rupees. Thus instead of the people of India benefitting from the 55 per cent decrease in the global price of crude oil since June 2014, the Government is exploiting the situation to fill its own coffers.


These steps of the Government also expose its totally hypocritical approach regarding deregulation. If the market is to determine prices as the Government holds then when the market price is down why should the people be deprived of its full benefit? Instead of this the Government has made just a token decrease keeping in mind the Delhi Assembly elections.


If the Government is short of revenue it should end giving tax concessions worth lakhs of rupees to corporates.


The CPI(M) strongly condemns the excise duty hikes. It demands that the full benefit of the fall in global crude price be passed on to the people and that the retail prices of petrol and diesel be commensurately cut. It calls on its units to raise this demand through protest actions.