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Rollback LPG cylinder price hike: CPI (M)

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Srinagar: The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Wednesday condemned yet another hike in the price of domestic LPG cylinder by Rs 50 from today.

“This hike burdens the people further when the prices of all food and essential commodities are rising relentlessly,” reads a statement issued by CPI (M).

“With this hike, more people will drop out from using subsidized cooking gas cylinders as they simply cannot afford it. Already, over 10 per cent of those under the Ujjwala Yojana have not taken any refill cylinders during last year. Nearly 12 per cent took only 1 refill. A total of 56.5 per cent took only 4 or less refills against the minimum required annual average of 7+ cylinders, and against an entitlement of 12 cylinders per year,” it reads.

“The commercial LPG cylinder prices have been hiked for the second time this year. With this Rs. 350.50 hike a cylinder would cost Rs. 2119.5 instead of Rs. 1769 in Delhi. This is bound to hike the input costs for all processed food products fueling further price rise,” the statement said.

“This cruel hike has come in the background of growing levels of unemployment, poverty, and inflation in the country,” it said.

“The Polit Bureau demanded the rollback of these hikes immediately,” it added.

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