SHRI SOMNATH CHATTERJEE : Thank you for your confession!

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SHRI M.V.V.S. MURTHY (VISAKHAPATNAM): Mr. Speaker Sir, in the beginning of the Session itself it is a very unpleasant task to discuss about price rise particularly of petroleum products like diesel. The tendency is to increase the prices of all commodities because of transportation. How best we could see that the price rise will not be there by the increase of the diesel price is to be worked out.

It is a fact that the price of the crude oil in the international market has shown an increasing tendency from February 1999 onwards till date. The increase in the crude oil price is more than a hundred per cent during these nine months. It is obvious that the price has to be increased. But the decision to increase the price has come maybe at a very wrong time, in the beginning of the session itself. But we have to bear this increase since there is a huge deficit in the Oil Pool Account. The country should not go to a difficult stage tomorrow by not increasing the price. It is obvious that we have to import large quantities of crude oil and the oil companies also cannot afford this increase in the price of crude oil. The Government has to take a decision to increase the price. But how to ensure that this will not have a tendency of inflation in the prices of essential commodities of day-to-day consumption? The increase in the diesel price is more than 30 per cent.

(Shri Somnath Chatterjee in the Chair)

More than 30 per cent rise will also affect the transportation facilities. This is the cause of our worry. How best this matter has to be looked into has to be decided by the Government itself. It is true that there are customs duty and excise duty. There is also an element of sales tax and octroi. The last two are the subjects of the State Governments and the first two are the subjects of the Union Government. Once the price of one commodity is increased, the prices of all other items will also go up. This is a matter of concern. There is a report in the Press also that the prices of kerosene and cooking gas are likely to be increased because of the withdrawal of the subsidy. I earnestly request the Government not to resort to such things as they will affect the poor very badly.

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh is also extending the cooking gas facility to the poorest of the poor, the white card holders and those who are living on subsidy. It is a matter of pride that we are extending this cooking gas facility to lakhs of poor families and kerosene is the major item consumed by the poor people. When price rise of these two items is taken into account, I am afraid that the poor people will be greatly burdened. I request the Government not to resort to such things in the near future.

There should be some rationalisation in the price of all petroleum products instead of increasing on diesel price alone. There are some administered goods like petrol, diesel and other products. It is only this time that the increase is occured in diesel price exclusively. It greatly affects the transportation of essential goods all over the country. This will also have an impact on rail and road transport. This also affects the common man's transport, namely, rail and road for which diesel is the major fuel. But very few options are left as to whether to increase the prices or do away with the petroleum products. We cannot do away with the petroleum products. So, we have to increase the prices but this increase has been done at one time instead of making it at frequent intervals. This has been mentioned earlier also. At least in future, if there would be any price increase of essential commodities - a majority of them are petroleum products - it should be done periodically. You should not do it at one time like 40 or 30 or 100 per cent. It will affect the pocket of the salaried people and the common man. This becomes a very heavy burden. If it is done at intervals, the life of the common man is adjusted by itself. It is a sad story this time that they have to bear the brunt of this increase. The Government should think on the lines of reducing

the burden of the common man and see to it that the cost of rail and road transport will not increase. Tomorrow they should not come and ask for an increase in the cost of rail transport.

As regards road transport, some States are contemplating an increase. In Andhra Pradesh, the Government has not increased the road transport charges so far. These are some of the major factors which have to be taken into consideration. But unfortunately, this increase in diesel price has come at a time when we are going through very difficult situation. Some people believe that this is to cover up some of the losses incurred due to Kargil war and other things.

I am sure, it is not the reason for the increase in the price of diesel. The Government has not taxed us. We are happy that we have not been taxed for the Kargil expenses. We have been left out. The Government is graceful enough in that regard. But, at the same time, how best we can come to the rescue of the common man is to be looked into by our hon. Petroleum Minister. Shri Ram Naik is here. I am happy to note that at least some of the striking truckers have already resumed work. They have started moving the goods. I am sure, the others, who are on strike, will also realise that it is essential that we have to bear the expenses. I am sure, the Government will at the earliest start negotiations with them so that all of them will resume their duty and the essential commodities are lifted from one place to the other place.

The present prices of vegetables, edible oils and other things have already skyrocketed. Vegetables are not available to the common man because of the strike by the transport vehicle owners and operators. So, this has also to be taken care of at the earliest. I hope all the striking operators will resume duty realising the situation. The Government should spare no efforts in opening dialogue with them instead of telling that it will not reduce the price of diesel. The Government should explain to them the realities as to why it cannot do this and why we should bear the price increase. The Government should also explain them that they should resume normalcy in moving goods so that people will not have the burden of the high prices of vegetables etc.

With these words, I conclude my speech. Sir, I thank you very much for having given this opportunity to me.

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