Centre slashes State share; Kerosene prices see hike 


People purchasing kerosene from ration shops will be affected. The price hike will affect the fishing sector as well.

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Thiruvananthapuram: After the central government cut down the share by 40 per cent, the price of kerosene was hiked by Rs 28. With this, the price of kerosene per litre became Rs 81. Minister of Food and Civil Supplies of Kerala, G R Anil said that all ways to handle this price hike, including giving subsidies, will be examined.

Kerosene will be distributed at high prices in Kerala as there is no kerosene availability that was purchased at low prices. As the centre’s share was reduced, the 1 litre of kerosene distributed to the BPL category, half a litre of kerosene distributed to APL and 8 litres of kerosene for those without electricity will also be reduced.

People purchasing kerosene from ration shops will be affected. The price hike will affect the fishing sector as well. The fisherfolk opined that there is no choice but to raise the Rs 25 subsidy given by the government at present.

Minister for Fisheries Saji Cherian said that the price hike is a challenge for commoners and the fisherfolk. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan pointed out that Kerala did not utilise the kerosene share allowed for the state.

Concerns will be addressed

Minister G R Anil informed that the state’s concern and protest over the price hike will be directly presented before the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in Delhi on Wednesday.

“Kerala had purchased the kerosene allotted to it in 2020 and 2021, so the slashing of the PDS kerosene share by 40 per cent cannot be justified,” the minister said.



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