Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has once again hit out at the BJP-led government in the state and Centre for the unprecedented hike in the prices of petrol and diesel, LPG and other essential commodities.

Speaking to reporters, APCC general secretary Toko Mina claimed that the increase in the prices of essential commodities is creating an ‘economic depression’ in the state.

“People are helpless and jobless but the BJP government keeps on increasing the taxes on essential commodities,” she said while appealing to the state government to reduce the value-added taxes (VAT) on essential commodities.

Decreasing VAT on essential commodities will lower the economic burden on the common public, especially during this pandemic, she said while adding that the Pradesh Congress has already submitted a representation to the President of India to reduce the taxes on essential commodities.

The APCC had recently submitted a representation to President Ram Nath Kovind through the state’s governor appealing 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.

“During the INC government in 2014, the excise duty on petrol was Rs 9.20 but now it has skyrocketed to Rs 32.9. The excise duty on diesel was Rs 3.36 but now the BJP-led Central government has raised it to Rs 31.1, which is a massive hike,” she said.

Further appealing to the state government to at least reduce the VAT levied on petrol and diesel, and other essential commodities to give relief to common people, Toko claimed the VAT levied on petrol and diesel in the state as of now is 20% and 12.5% respectively.

“The prices for a litre of petrol and diesel in Arunachal has almost touched the Rs 100 mark. The government has to reduce the VAT levied on them to at least 10-15 per cent,” she said.

The APCC general secretary also hit out at the government for the record hike in the price of edible oil, which she said has increased from Rs 80 per litre to Rs 250.

Such an unprecedented hike in the prices of essential commodities is directly affecting the common people, Mina added.

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