‘Fuel price hike cripples transporters, economy of country’

June 25th, 2011 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) The Delhi Transporters Association (DTA) Saturday protested the hike in price of diesel, saying that it will have a crippling effect on the truckers and transporters - and thus on the economy of the country.

“The hike will fuel the inflationary fire which goes against the interest of the common man. Increase in fuel prices will have cascading effect on the economy of the transporters and the common man,” Sundeep Jain, general secretary of the DTA, said in a statement.

“Transporters (truckers) are the backbone of the economy of the country and are a major consumer of diesel. Every hike in the price of diesel has a crippling effect on the economy of the transporters,” he added.

Calling for a rollback in the prices and warning of a possible strike, Jain said: “We request the government to reconsider its decision and roll back the hike in fuel prices, lest we may have to consider stopping plying of our vehicles”.

The government Friday hiked the price of diesel by Rs.3 per litre, kerosene by Rs.2 per litre and domestic liquid petroleum gas (LPG) by Rs.50 per cylinder, excluding state levies such as VAT.

People from all over the country have voiced discontent over the hike, that comes a month after a Rs.5 increase in petrol prices, and said it will be a burden on their home budgets.

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