The centre is saving money for welfare schemes, Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said as he accepted that the fuel price was a problem on June 13, 2021.
He also said that the government that fuel prices were increasing due to the government’s expenses on COVID-19 relief measures.
“I accept that fuel prices are pinching consumers, there’s no doubt about this. But over Rs, 35,000 crore has been spent on Covid vaccines in a year. Rs 1 lakh crore has been spent on Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana in order to provide eight months’ ration to the poor. A few thousand crores of rupees have also been transferred to farmers’ bank accounts under PM Kisan…In such dire times, we’re saving money to spend on welfare schemes,” Pradhan said.
Responding to Congress’ attack over fuel prices, Pradhan asked Congress to cut sales tax if part was concerned about the burden of the common man.
“Rahul Gandhi must answer why fuel prices are high in Congress-ruled states like Punjab, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. If he is so concerned about the poor, he should instruct the Maharashtra CM to reduce taxes, as fuel prices are very high in Mumbai,” Pradhan said when he was asked about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s attacks on Modi government.