Port Blair, July 05: The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, A & N Islands denounced the sharp increase of Rs.2/litre on petrol and diesel. “The Budgetary announcement of increase in special additional ‘excise duty’ and ‘road and infrastructure cess’ each by one rupee a litre by the Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman is an attempt to deny the advantage of softening of crude oil prices in international market. This decision will burden the common man very badly as the fuel price increase has a cascading effect on the prices of essential commodities,” a release issued by Mr. T.S.Sreekumar,
General Secretary, NGGOA, A Y N Islands said here today.
The Association said the maiden budget presented by Smt. Nirmala Sitaraman on 5th July, 2019 in Parliament is totally devoid of anything substantial that provides relief to middle class, govt. employees and workers.
“There are no bold initiatives to address the increasing unemployment or the price rise. The government has again neglected the unorganised workers and the scheme workers in this budget, whereas incentives were lavishly given to big corporates. Also large scale privatisation of public sector is proposed in the budget is detrimental to national interest,” the release added.