‘Vehicle owners not starving, can afford to pay’: Union minister K J Alphons defends fuel price hike

The newly-inducted minister added that the government is focused on the welfare of the downtrodden, which costs "enormous amounts of money", and therefore the people who can afford to pay will be taxed.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2017 5:52 pm
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In view of surge in fuel prices, newly-inducted Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam on Saturday said those who can afford to pay should do so, reported news wire ANI. The Kerala-based minister added that the tax collected from petroleum will be used to focus on the welfare of the downtrodden, which costs “enormous amounts of money”.

“Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a car, bike; certainly he is not starving. Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay,” the Tourism Minister said. “It is going to cost an enormous amount of money. So we are going to tax people who can afford to pay.”

“The government is here for the welfare of the downtrodden. We will ensure every village is electrified and toilets and houses are built,” Kannanthanam added, reported ANI.

Read | Here’s why there is a sharp surge in petrol, diesel prices

On June 16, the Centre introduced its “dynamic” pricing model, leading to a surge in petrol and diesel prices. As prices reached their highest in nearly three years, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was forced to reiterate on Wednesday that the government the government does not plan to intervene to control prices.

Meanwhile, Kannanthanam also said the Centre has sanctioned several tourism-related projects in the state, which will be initiated after the on-going ones are completed. He has asked Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to ensure the incomplete ones are finished in a time-bound manner.

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    Raghu Iyer
    Sep 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm
    I suppose he thinks there won't be any effect of a fuel price rise on prices of vegetables, fruits other commodities. on second thoughts, I guess he is right, for, these days only rich could afford to buy vegetables fruits.
    1. B
      Sep 18, 2017 at 11:50 am
      Sir, will the honourable Minister, who earns a pension as a retired bureaucrat pay for his own car and fuel? And for his bungalow? After all, Shri Alphons, charity (and sanctimoniousness) should start at home. Jai Hind
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        Vijay N
        Sep 18, 2017 at 1:33 am
        Shameful comments from person using free Govt. Petrol. Entire BJP gang use to object to nominal increase of price during UPA Govt. but now these guys are looting lakhs of crores when prices have reduced more than 50 . Fuel prices should have been Rs. 45 to Rs. 50 range but now it's at around Rs. 80. Organized loot is the right words as described by former Prime Minister.
        1. C
          common man
          Sep 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm
          Minister seems to be totally irresponsible. All products a common man /poor uses are produced/ transported using fuel. High cost of fuel adds to cost of products. The huge cost of fuel is due to monopoly of public sector OMCs and faulty formula of price calculation which has been devised to benefit private companies such as reliance. The officers of OMCs are getting huge pay perks even from time the fuel was subsidised by govt. It was only because of faulty formula of price calculation that huge subsidy from govt was used to show huge profits and huge benefit to its officers. Also benefit of high cost because of the faulty formula is also passed on to private companies, whose products are marketed by OMCs, private oil producing companies thus in return oblige politicians /officers of OMCs
          1. P
            Sep 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm
            This man seems to have lost his mind after becoming neta. You netas get high ries and you still get everything for free. Commoners get a ry that is heavily taxed and they have to feed and educate their children . You neats have education quotas, subsidised meals, free telephone calls, free travelling, free treatment, free house, free electricity and water. You should be ashamed to even utter these disgusting words. WHEN THESE NETAS EARN RY LIKE OTHERS THEY SHOULD ALSO PAY FOR EVERYTHING LIKE OTHERS. And then, Mr Alphons utter these things.
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