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Congress Odisha unit staged a demonstration to protest “unprecedented” increase in the prices of petrol and diesel

Bhubaneswar:29/6/20: The Congress Odisha unit staged a demonstration here on Monday to protest “unprecedented” increase in the prices of petrol and diesel and demanded immediate rollback of the hike by the BJP-led government at the Centre amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Party workers, led by state Congress President Niranjan Patnaik, held a silent sit-in near Raj Bhavan and sent a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention for quick rollback of the hike in fuel price for the interest of the people who are hit hard by the pandemic.

During the last three-and-a-half months alone, the Narendra Modi government has increased the price and excise duty on diesel by Rs 26.48 per litre and on petrol by Rs 21.50 per litre, Patnaik said, adding “this is nothing but exploitation of the people who are facing serious financial
hardship due to COVID-19 pandemic.”

In their memorandum to the President, the Congress leaders said repeated and “unjust” increase in the prices as also Central excise duty on petrol and diesel over the last three months has inflicted insurmountable pain and suffering on the people.

“As the country faces unprecedented health and economic pandemic, the Modi government is profiteering from the misery of the people by repeatedly increasing prices as also excise duty on petrol and diesel,” it said.

Patnaik said the Modi government has earned Rs 18,00,000 crore in the last six years by increasing excise duty on petrol and diesel alone. When BJP assumed power in May 2014, excise duty on petrol was Rs 9.20 per litre and on diesel it was Rs 3.46 per litre, he said, adding in last six years the Centre has increased the excise duty on petrol by an additional Rs 23.78 per litre and on diesel by extra Rs 28.37 per litre.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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