Fuel subsidies benefit people having cars and motorcycles: OECD
"Fossil fuel subsidies affect people who have cars, people who have motorcycles... So, in equity terms, fuel subsidies are not really doing what they are purported to be doing," OECD Deputy Secretary General Richard Boucher said.
He was talking about fuel subsidies in the context of inclusive economic growth.
India and many other countries provide subsidies on fossil fuels like diesel and kerosene.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is a grouping of mostly rich nations.
Boucher was participating in a round table on 'New Approaches to Economic Challenges' organised by public policy think tank Observer Research Foundation.
Last week World Bank Chief Jim Yong Kim had said that countries should do away with subsidies for fossil fuels to help mitigate the impact of climate change.
"We should be removing fossil fuel subsidies in every country in the world," the World Bank President had said.
He said for instance Tunisia was finding it difficult to limit fossil fuel subsidies.
"The other issue is that we have fossil fuel subsidies. I was just in Tunisia and they are struggling to find a way to limit fossil fuel subsidies. (They said) that fossil fuel subsidies help richer people who drive cars.
"(fossil fuel subsidies) are fundamentally not progressive. We want to protect the poor and the fossil fuel subsidies don't do that... But it is politically very difficult," Kim had said.
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