The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the decision of the government to raise the price of cooking gas cylinders by Rs. 4 per month till a time when the entire subsidy on gas cylinders is wiped out.
The CPI(M) and the Left parties have been protesting against the exorbitant rise in the price of unsubsidized gas cylinders and the ceiling on subsidized gas cylinders of nine per year. Protests against this price rise were held in various parts of the country. .....However, the oil companies continue to insist on Aadhar linkage for the supply of subsidized gas cylinders and payment of the full market price for the cylinder on delivery and reimbursement later. The Polit Bureau demands the scrapping of the Aadhar linkage and the delivery of the twelve cylinders at subsidized rates, as earlier.
The price hike of Rs. 220 on an unsubsidized gas cylinder by the oil companies is totally unjustified and will be an intolerable burden on people already suffering from price rise. Since there is a ceiling on subsidized cylinders at nine, people have to now buy gas cylinders at exorbitant prices.Further, the insistence of the oil companies that Aadhar identification number is required for getting subsidized gas cylinders is illegal and unauthorized. It is another way to deprive households from access to gas cylinders.
We appeal to the people to rise in protest against these anti-people measures. Let there be a powerful protest on September 20 through hartals, pickettings, demonstrations and court arrest programmes.