Ardent: Slashing of fuel prices an eyewash and to hoodwink public

Shillong, Feb 8: The convener of the ‘Revolution – Ïada La Ka Ri’, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit has alleged that the recent slashing of petrol and diesel by Rs. 2 was to only hoodwink the people of the state.

“The recent decision of the State government to reduce fuel tax by two rupees, is too little too late, and an eyewash to hoodwink the people,” he said.

Basaiawmoit also said that the argument made by the State government on its decision to impose tax on fuel is unjustified.

Referring to the indefinite strike called by the commercial vehicle drivers and owners including local taxi drivers, under the aegis of Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicles (MJACCV), Basaiawmoit said that its unfortunate that people are taking to the street to realise their demands due to the insensitivity of those who are at the helm of affairs.

“The decision of the State government to impose tax on fuel, is an anti people policy which has a direct bearing and severe impact on the life of the common man, especially the poor and the downtrodden. It also has a collateral effect on the economy of the State,” he said.

Basaiawmoit said that if the government is serious about reducing the burden of the common people, it could have taken a number of steps before it resorted to such an extreme measure.

He said that the government, to prevent unnecessary expenditure and wastage of public funds, should do away with all political appointees which includes chairman, co-chairmen, vice chairmen in various boards and corporations and also political advisers.

He pointed out that the State government should also stop all leakages in revenue collection.

“For instance, the failure of the State government to stop illegal transportation of coal has seriously dented the revenue collection of the State, and a great loss to the state’s exchequer,” Basaiawmoit said.

He also said that the government has failed to adopt strict austerity measures to ensure that there is no wastage of public money.

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