Government should control prices of essential commodities, hike in fuel prices should be back: Left parties
National Desk: The Left parties on Sunday issued a joint statement demanding withdrawal of the hike in the prices of petroleum products and urged the government to control the prices of essential commodities and medicines. The joint statement was signed by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja, All India Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas, Revolutionary Socialist Party general secretary Manoj Bhattacharya, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya.
The statement alleged that the government instead of helping people deal with the health crisis arising out of Kovid-19, has increased the price of petroleum products at least 21 times since the results of the assembly elections on May 2. Because of this, inflation is likely to rise significantly, with the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) hitting an 11-year high, the parties said. "Food prices have increased by about five per cent in April," the statement said.
The prices of essential commodities have increased by 10.16 per cent and manufactured products have increased by 9.01 per cent and when these items reach the retail market, consumers have to pay a higher price for it," according to the statement. This is happening at a time when the economy is going through a recession, unemployment is increasing and people's purchasing power is decreasing. It is clear that there is a lot of black marketing and hoarding taking place under the patronage of the states. The Narendra Modi-led government must strictly check this kind of black marketing, especially the black marketing of essential medicines.