1. Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a car, bike; certainly he is not starving, says Minister Alphons Kannanthanam

Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a car, bike; certainly he is not starving, says Minister Alphons Kannanthanam

Alphons Kannanthanam said "Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a car, bike; certainly he is not starving. Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay."

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2017 1:22 PM
Alphons Kannanthanam Petrol, diesel price hikes, Alphons Kannanthanam NEWS ON PETROL, Alphons Kannanthanam We are going to tax people who can afford to pay, Alphons Kannanthanam Petrol, diesel price hikes 2017 Alphons Kannanthanam said “Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a car, bike; certainly he is not starving. Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay,” (ANI)

Petrol and diesel prices have hit 3-year highs in the wake of the implementation of daily revision of fuel policy and now there has been a backlash. Looking to explain the trend, the Centre is holding firm onto its decision but at the same time it has sought to explain why fuel prices are rising and also as to where exactly the government is deploying the money collected via these taxes. The latest Union minister who has addressed the issue in the public is newly appointed Alphons Kannanthanam. Speaking to the media today Kannanthanam said “Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a car, bike; certainly he is not starving. Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay,” as per ANI. The minister said the government is here for welfare of the downtrodden, ensure electricity in every village, make houses, build toilets. “It is going to cost enormous amount of money. So we are going to tax people who can afford to pay,” Kannanthanam added.

Yesterday, the Delhi Congress hit out at the BJP-ruled Centre for the “historic” rise in prices of petrol and diesel. The party will launch a campaign to collect one million signatures against hike in the fuel prices and hold a mega demonstration at Jantar Mantar on September 20, said Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken. “The prices of petrol and diesel have touched the highest levels in the history of the country despite a fall in the prices of crude oil in the international market,” he said in a press conference, as per PTI.

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday took to Twitter and backed government’s daily revision of petrol and diesel prices move. In two of his tweets, the Oil minister explained some facts about the Indian and international oil markets. According to the stats presented by Pradhan, hike in petrol price in international market was as high as 18 per cent, but in India the same rose by 4 per cent in the past three months. Similarly, hike in diesel prices was by up to 20 per cent in international markets and was again 4 per cent in domestic Indian market.

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    ST
    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:09 am
    Insane BJP and Insane their Supporters,Yeh desh ka kuch acha nehi ho sakta mere mitron😊,one Minister who has been selected by the so called talented and intelligent Prime Minister giving such cheap and foolish statements for the citizens of that country where these politicians have filled their all desires by sucking the money of those citizens.I am not a supporter of any party because i know yeh politicians apno ke shagey nehi hai to kya kisi unknown citizens ke hongey but just in general I am asking when the other party was ruling and you BJP people came to road and do hartal for this petrol hike at that time don't you felt that if people can afford to buy vehicle then they can buy petrol,you think we all Indians are Ch a,what the f k he gave that statement he means if anyone is having p s then he can afford to f k the minister's mother sister daughter and wife,waah waah kya baat hai,seriously we should not give votes to anyone because these are all same bloody hypocrites.
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      Senthil.
      Sep 17, 2017 at 10:27 pm
      What a stupid comment. I am really surprised how such kind of answers comes from responsible Indian citizens They should realise common public doesn't have any black money.
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        sonia
        Sep 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm
        You’ve just heard it from the horse’s mouth: BJP ‘is here for the welfare of the lowest, the downtrodden’ only. So, what are they doing heading a country that calls itself a democracy, splurging public money on themselves, their friends, relatives, top businessmen buddies, neighbouring countries, writing off the loans and obligations of top businessmen, but not of starving farmers? If this is the secret agenda of all political parties, they'll make all Indian citizens except their own party members 'the lowest, the downtrodden'
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          sonia
          Sep 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm
          If BJP ‘is here for the welfare of the lowest, the downtrodden’ only, why are they not volunteering their services to the poor instead of sponging off the middle classes to serve themselves, their families and top businessman and to humour the poor? Would someone please publish a list of all BJP party members’ assets, the ries and perks they enjoy at tax payers’ expense? That would show to what extent BJP party members are starving or over-feeding themselves helping the poor, or only themselves.
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            sonia
            Sep 17, 2017 at 7:19 pm
            What is the first thing BJP did with the money that flowed into the public treasury post demonetization? They helped themselves and others in power (President of India, Judiciary, MPs, MLAs, all government servants), certainly not the poor.
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              sonia
              Sep 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm
              Why should the middle classes, who clearly have no place in the scheme of political parties, be made to pay for the welfare of the rich and poor alike? Why should the middle classes pay any taxes at all, in that case? No political party represents the middle class, which is being squeezed out of existence by policy makers, top businessmen, foreign investors, financiers, international organisations. It’s a world-wide conspiracy for a two-tiered society. And if the poor think they are going to benefit, forget it. No political party is making the poor self-sufficient through training and employment the poor are being enslaved to the political class for sops and survival. All these politicians and bureaucrats are a bunch of hypocrites! Shameless parasites/spongers off the middle-classes.
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                sonia
                Sep 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm
                Alphons is heading two of the biggest money-generating and dispensing industries: IT and Tourism. IT professionals are the most highly-paid workforce in the country. India’s tourism industry is almost entirely in foreign hands with very little of its earnings flowing into Indian hands. Many a foreign tourist comes to India with the idea of bumming off the local population: free accommodation and free food (from gurdwaras and ashrams), free travel (through hitch-hiking). IT professionals and foreign tourists/their IT-enabled anonymous foreign travel planners and foreign hotel/transport owners, can they not pay for India’s poor, without starving? Why doesn’t Alphonse think of extracting money from them, instead? Why are the middle classes always the first to be targeted? Because it’s so easy for India’s politicians and bureaucrats to extract money from them, and not from robber-barons like themselves?
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                  Ayshwarya Suresh
                  Sep 17, 2017 at 12:59 pm
                  A college student or a low ried employee who pays monthly EMI on his new bike or car, and who has to commute 60 kms every day for work and meet family hardships... will not find it easy to pay the tax or buy petrol and diesel at such rates... Its not a luxury anymore to own two-wheelers, its a necessity. Only girls know the difficulty of commuting by goverment buses and local rikshawalas. Isn't the goverment there to look into comfort and safety of its people?! It's easy for people such as Alphons Kannanthanam who is using goverment funds on petrol and vehicles to travel.
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                    Kannan
                    Sep 16, 2017 at 10:12 pm
                    The BJP has done NOTHING to fight the powerful corporate looters and Political BigWigs with tons of tainted money. There has been NO SIGNIFICANT PROSECUTIONS AND ATTACHMENTS. People expect domestic and international confiscation and recovery to run into LAKHS_OF_CRORES. Only thing we get is ARROGANT TALK.
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                      Jay
                      Sep 16, 2017 at 7:24 pm
                      Next he'll will say Milk should be 100 rupees per litre because people who drink milk can afford it.
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                        CLK
                        Sep 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm
                        then why the present PM Modiji and other BJP leaders were crying and holding demonstration when UPA government raised petrol prices when the crude was USD 110 per barrel. government is just looting the public.
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                          Sadasivan
                          Sep 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm
                          Both the Ministers' claims are wrong. Taxation is way too high ,while the SUBSIDIES have also been withdrawn. The developed economies POUR subsides to their rich,poor and Bankers Like God Kuber. Petroleum fuels need reduction by 400 percent,in prices.
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                            Apte
                            Sep 16, 2017 at 5:12 pm
                            1. When Congress party led UPA was in power in the Centre for ten years, Central government did not implement a policy for taxation and pricing of petroleum goods like petrol, diesel, LPG etc. Opposition parties like BJP did not also demand implementation of such a policy. Now that Congress is in the role of an opposition party, it is criticising the ruling NDA government. This is sheer poor politics. 2. It is also to be noted here that the State governments’ substantial revenue comes from tax on petroleum gods. When the States are ruled by a party other than the ruling party the State governments are often critical of increase in prices of petrol diesel etc. but they are the biggest beneficiary of price increase as their tax revenue increases too. 3. Hence, right thing for the Congress party to do is to demand implementation of a long term and sensible policy for pricing and taxation of all petroleum goods at the Central and State government level and offer cooperation to do that.
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                              Sadasivan
                              Sep 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm
                              Petrol should be priced Rs 25 per Litre , Diesel Rs 17/ . The subsidies, which should have gone to the Middle Class and the Poor,is going to the FPIs via the OMC stocks.
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                                Kiran
                                Sep 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm
                                High prices of petroleum products - petrol and diesel will keep prices high and impact inflation. We don't know what this minister is talking about and whether the knowledge level and competence are reasonably high enough. There is no differential pricing for individuals and other types of consumers. When other type of consumers encounter rip-off in terms of unreasonably high taxation and hence high prices, they will tend to keep high prices and hence affecting consumers.
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                                  Sadasivan
                                  Sep 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm
                                  Many small businessmen like vegetable,Milk and other vendors use tempos.These use Diesel or petrol.They are not rich. Transport Buses use these petroleum fuels.These modes reused by the Middle Class and the poor.This Minister is lacking sympathy and trying to make monkeys of Indians. The ploy of saying that taxes reused for development etc are also baseless. Less tx is good.more tax means suffering for people.IT is the IMF that demands more tax from the Middle Class and the poor. Taxes on the petroleum fuels re way too high.More so,s SUBSIDIES are being removed,while the developed economies POUR subsidies on one and all.
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                                    Kiran
                                    Sep 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm
                                    Well, they may not be starving. But it is a question of fairness. Under UPA2 regime, with brent crude at US$120 / barrel petrol was retailing at Rs.78/litre. Under NDA regime, with brent crude at US$53 / barrel petrol is retailing at Rs.74/litre. NDA seems to be taking a lot more share of taxes, but in return it is not sure what citizens are getting. There seems to be no tangible improvement, except taxes, taxes and more taxes and more complex procedures for everything and everybody.
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                                    1. Uday Barad
                                      Sep 16, 2017 at 4:21 pm
                                      It’s too early for Minister of State (Independent Charge) Tourism Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam to speak like this…..!!! He must concentrate in his portfolio rather than trying to interfere in other departments. Moreover, his remarks make no sense….!!!
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                                        webindra
                                        Sep 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm
                                        its a go ahead stand of government as dere is struggle also for petroleum.. i heard of one person from my brother who worked in central govt. R.D Dept..some G'swamy type copassenger train to/from jodhpur..who shown some rejected paperwork of his disclosing such details as possibility of huge petroleum exploration in gangetic basin(world's largest it could be)..he was termed sick even by court..now whereabouts lost even any names not known correctly..and he is perhaps no more..he also had some really great vision for exploring non petroleum based bio-fuels ie renewable energy..upto 5 or more as per proper..import can be bulk not all..... For credits business interests can be seen..wishes fulfilment is only not..am still not married..not taken loan..daily 10 calls and in 10 seconds or so..a positive economy generating ever surplus is not feasible..then credits..but surplus can enrich the already and new structs. tc gghu.
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                                          MSSN Prasad
                                          Sep 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm
                                          Dear sir, Half knowledge is very dangerous...the entire gambit of goods services consume fossil fuels in logistics across value chain and not only private vehicles.. We are neither running public transport on electricity nor our goods being transported by hand-pulled carts...
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                                            Aam Aadmi
                                            Sep 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                                            G Pradhan is stating that BJP can still increase Petrol and Diesel Prices by 14 .....they are investing 1 Lakh crore in Bullet train do they think it will run on electricity generated by gobar-gas plants... BJP is only good for promoting gau-mutr, patanjali worm infested, Yogi type CMs, the country is set to be declared as most backward within 2-years....
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