Rajya SabhaLok Sabha

April 10, 2017

Vivek Gupta speaks on the increase in prices of kerosene

Vivek Gupta speaks on the increase in prices of kerosene

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Sir, through you I want to bring up a very important issue. the Government of India has been increasing the price of kerosene by 25 paise per litre every month till April 2017.

The Census of India indicates that close to 43 per cent of the rural households depend on kerosene for lighting, and 1.9 million rural households and 5.9 million urban households depend on kerosene. Out of every 1,000 households, 265 use kerosene as the primary source of lighting in rural India; the number in Bengal goes higher, to 293.

There is historical evidence of many famous personalities having studied under kerosene lamps. Without giving any alternate arrangements, the increase in the price of kerosene by Rs 3 per litre is sending a very wrong signal to the poor people of India.

Sir, through you, I would like to urge the Government to roll back the price and give alternate means to the poor.