Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has called upon the chief minister Pema Khandu-led BJP government in the state to immediately reduce the state’s share of freight charges, excise duty and value added tax (VAT) levied on petrol and diesel.

The Congress, which submitted a representation in this regard to the chief minister’s office on Monday, said: “The repeated and unjust increase in the prices of petrol and diesel and other essential commodities has inflicted insurmountable pain and suffering on the people.”

The hike in the prices of petrol and diesel compounded by the back-breaking increase in the prices of essential commodities including edible oil, cooking gas, pulses and other household items has aggravated economic imbalances and unfair distribution of resources in a hill state like Arunachal Pradesh, the APCC in its representation said.

The Congress said that “due to the draconian policies imposed by the Central government in the last two months alone, the price of fuel has been hiked on 29 occasions in the country”.

In more than 150 cities, the prices of petrol have crossed Rs 100 per litre. Similarly, every household item has seen a quantum jump in its prices, the party said, while adding that the extortionate price hike has burdened the citizens who are already facing unprecedented economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The APCC further said the state government should stay away from making profits from the misery of the people and take corrective measures to decrease the freight charges, excise duty and VAT.

The Pradesh Congress also appealed to the state government to immediately restart the LPG bottling Plant at Kimin in Papum Pare district and commission a new LPG bottling plant in eastern part of Arunachal so as to ensure regular supply of LPG across the state.

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Meanwhile, the party in a separate memorandum submitted to the President Ram Nath Kovind through the state’s governor appealed to him to direct the Central government to immediately roll back the prices of petrol and diesel and other essential commodities and the excessive excise duty.

“As the country faces an unprecedented health and economic crisis, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government is profiteering from the misery of the people by repeatedly increasing the prices as excise duty on petrol and diesel without taking any corrective measures. The impact of runaway inflations and hike of fuel prices has surpassed all forms of exploitation,” the Congress said.

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