Chandigarh 06th July, 2014: “Ache Din Ane Wale Hain” the resounding slogan of Narendra Modi using which they stormed into power is now becoming a thorn in their side. The NDA government has gifted the people of India price hikes & high food costs in return for their trust during the first month of their tenure. The NDA faction, which consistently criticized the UPA government on the issue of price rise are now putting the people of India under such hardships. Mr. Kewal Singh Dhillon Vice President PPCC & Barnala MLA highlighted that NDA government will now realize that talking & doing are two different things.
Mr. Dhillon said, “The last month or so has seen a significant hike in the prices of fuel, rail fares & commodities like sugar & milk. To add to that food inflation is adding to the woes of the common man. Onions & potatoes which are a part of the staple diet of people across India are being sold at Rs 35-40 per kg & Rs 25-30 per kg respectively. Sugar & milk prices have been increased by Rs 2. How will the common man be able to make ends meet if such anti people policies are implemented? The headline inflation in May was at 6.01% increased from 5.2% in April. Food inflation in May was 9.50% up from 8.64% in April. The government needs to take stock of the situation & bring in some sort of control fast.”
He also added that, “Forecast of a weak monsoon coupled with dubious middlemen & hoarding, each have added to the rising costs of food items in India. Lack of proper & adequate storage facilities during surplus combined with wastage during transportation & harvesting just add to the problem. The state governments are responsible for setting of actual stock limits under the essential commodities act and cracking down on hoarders, hence they should start acting with immediate effect or the price rise may spiral out of control.”
The price rise impacts household budgets & decreases purchasing power. The domino effect starts as it ends up decreasing demands for manufacturing goods hence impacting the concerned industries as well. The state & the central government need to ensure that while thinking about the future, they don’t end up making the present unbearable for the common man.