The prices for the commercial LPG have been increased by Rs 250 today resulting in the increased rate of the commercial LPG by Rs 250 per cylinder. The price of a 19 kg cylinder will now cost Rs 2,253. This is the second hike in the month. On March 1 the cost of LPG was increased by RS 105. With the recent hike, the new rate of the commercial LPG has gone up to Rs 2,253. However, the prices of domestic gas cylinders remain constant. Last week, the price for the domestic gas cylinder was increased by Rs 50. In Delhi, a 14.2 – kg of the domestic gas cylinder[LPG] costs Rs 949.50 from March 22 henceforth.
There is a notable increase in the rates of the fuel with a rise of 80 paise per litre in petrol and diesel, respectively. On Thursday, an increase in the prices of petrol and diesel has gone up to Rs 6.40 per litre in nine revisions of the rates of the fuel at a stretch for ten consecutive days.
Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader in protest yesterday against the price hike of the fuels demanded the BJP led central government keep a check on the continuous hike of the petrol and diesel rates.
A protest was led by Rahul Gandhi and other MPs of Congress against the hiked prices of fuel. Congress staged the protest at Vijay Chowk on Thursday. Senior part leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, Mallikarjun Kharge, Abhishek Singhvi, KC Venugopal, Shakti Singh Gohil, and others were present at the protest. The congress leaders protested with cutouts of LPG cylinders and placards having the slogans’ Rollback fuel price hike’.
Congress has decided to launch a nationwide programme against the rise in fuel prices. ‘Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’ is the programme to be launched from March 31 to April 7 against the inflation and fuel price hike to take on the BJP led central government.
Since November 4th there was a halt in the price rise of the fuels which broke on March 22. Ever since there is a continuous rise in the prices, the reason behind this is the Russian military operations in Ukraine and the crude oil rates going up. The prices are raised further given the sharp jump in crude oil prices in the international markets. Cascading effects can be seen in the inflated prices of other items.
In the meantime, the nationwide programme launched by the congress,” Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan” to bring notice of the raised fuel prices will organise rallies and marches across the country starting from March 31 to April 7th.
The centre had cut the excise duty by Rs 5 per litre on petrol and Rs 10 per litre on diesel last year on November 3rd. This was done to bring down the retail prices of the fuels across the country. Several state governments have reduced the Value Added Tax [VAT] on petrol and diesel to bring relief to the citizens.