Non-subsidised LPG price hiked by Rs 19; Oppn calls it govt’s ‘new year gift’

The non-subsidised LPG cylinder will cost Rs 19 more as the prices were revised on the back of rising international rates. Other than the non-subsidised LPG cylinders, prices of jet fuels also rose by 2.6 per cent.

The price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), used to power aeroplanes, was increased by Rs 1,637.25 per kilolitre, or 2.6 per cent, to Rs 64,323.76 per kilolitre in the capital, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. The hike will add to the burden of cash strapped airlines that are already reeling under pressure from cut-throat competition in the sector.

This comes a day after the railway ministry raised train fares marginally by one paise to four paise per kilometre depending on the travel class.

What will be the new rate of ATF and non-subsidised LPG cylinder

Despite the rise, at Rs 64.32 per litre, ATF costs less than petrol and diesel. A litre of petrol in Delhi is for Rs 75.14 while diesel costs Rs 67.96 a litre.

Simultaneously, oil companies also increased the price of non-subsidised LPG to Rs 714 per 14.2-kg cylinder from Rs 695 previously.

This is the fifth-month consecutive rise in cooking gas prices since September 2019. In all, non-subsidised cooking gas prices have gone up by Rs 139.50 per cylinder since then.

Opposition hits out at Centre over LPG and rail fares hike

The hike in LPG and railway fares was slammed by the Opposition. The Congress that said it will get the common man into a deeper financial problem. Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev informed that the hike comes at a time when the economy is in shambles.

Question is when will the travesty going to end, Dev asked, asserting that the hike was “injustice towards the poor people”. “Is this a fair new year’s gift to the common man, Congress thinks it is not,” she said.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury called price rise another attack on peoples’ livelihoods. “Modi govt starts the year. After railway passenger fare hikes, another attack on peoples’ livelihoods. All this in the wake of sharp job losses, food price inflation and record fall in rural wages,” Yechury tweeted.

In another tweet, Yechury called the rail fare hike, “New year gift from the Modi government.”