The Meghalaya cabinet will meet after the byelection to discuss the fuel price hike which is affecting the people of the state. Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said the state government has taken note of it, even as he mentioned that the state government has already given a rebate of Rs 6 per litre on fuel.
With the petrol prices in Shillong going beyond Rs 100 per litre margin and the diesel price nearing 100, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong told reporters, “Government has taken note of it and very soon after the by election we will again sit down and discuss the issue.”
Asked, Tynsong said, “I cannot commit anything right now but the government has taken note of it and very soon after the bye-elections, we (cabinet) will again sit down to discuss this issue.”
Tynsong also reminded that it was only Meghalaya, especially in the North East region, which had already reduced the taxes on fuel up to Rs 6.
“If you talk about diesel and about petrol, yes we know. Last time we have already reduced our taxes up to Rs 6 per litre and this still continues, ” he said while asserting, “It is not a joke as far as Meghalaya state is concerned, as we have tried our best, we have done our best (and) it is for the interest of the state and for the interest of everybody.”
Stating that the fuel price hike is something which is not under the control of the government, the deputy chief minister said this is not happening only in India but throughout the world.
He added that the government of India has already warned the international market may collapse.
“I think we need to understand one thing that leaders of different countries now are working out how to come out of this situation that we have, because ultimately it may lead, as I said to you, to the economic crisis,” Tynsong said.
He further informed that the Chief Minister had already spoken to the union finance minister about the crisis, adding, “Even the finance ministry is now working out how to come out from this problem that we have as a nation.”
Requesting the citizens not to get confused on the issue, the deputy chief minister also slammed the opposition Congress for taking advantage of the situation by blaming it entirely on the MDA government.
“I would request the people of the state not to get confused because now just because the bye-election is underway, Congress is taking advantage by blaming the MDA government as if we are the ones who increased the cost of petrol and diesel,” he said.