The Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR) on Monday has expressed concern over the rapid increase in fuel prices in the state, even as the organisation condemned the centre and state governments for failing to control price rise, which is affecting the lives of the ordinary citizens
In a statement to Media, TUR leader Angela Rangad said, “It is a matter of grave concern and bitterness that the price of petrol in the state has reached the milestone of ₹100 per litre. ‘
She further mentioned that the price of essentials including fuel have been increasing day by day, while the wages and salary of workers have only seen snail’s pace increase over the years.
This price rise of essentials is especially affecting the citizens of the state, the majority of whom are struggling to make ends meet because of this.
“The rise in the price of fuel has a domino effect on the price of taxi and bus fare & food and amenities,” she said. According to her, this is affecting small vendors and businesses, hawkers and street vendors, domestic workers, daily wage workers and those working in low salaried jobs.
Rangad said the TUR demands the state government to strengthen public transport in Shillong and its surrounding areas and also to increase taxation for big expensive private vehicles such as SUVs.
TUR leader also demands that the Government should control the price of essentials in the state, at the same time, she demands the Government should further reduce the price of fuel substantially by reducing the relevant state levied taxes.
Among the list of the demand, the TUR leader mentioned about to increase the base minimum wages of the state for daily waged workers to levels which can be termed as living wages.
“.. the government to stop unnecessary expenditure in government spending as well as to stop the practice of appointing superfluous and useless political appointees,” she said.
“ To stop the government plan of reimbursing the income tax of non-tribal IAS officers serving in the state from the state coffers,” Rangad added.