Petrol distributed free of cost in protest against rising prices
Youth Akali Dal district president Gurdeep Singh Gosha said petrol and diesel prices in Punjab were high among all states. The Punjab government has imposed high taxes on petrol and diesel
Ludhiana: In a unique way to show resentment against hike in fuel prices, Youth Akali Dal district president and a social activist organised a langar of petrol and diesel at a petrol pump on Railway Station road on Thursday. They distributed the fuel free of cost to the people who were coming to the petrol pump for refilling. They distributed 513 lt petrol and diesel for free to the visitors. Long queues were seen at the petrol pump to get free petrol and diesel.
Youth Akali Dal district president Gurdeep Singh Gosha said petrol and diesel prices in Punjab were high among all states. The Punjab government has imposed high taxes on petrol and diesel.
He said as the petrol and diesel prices were out of reach of the people the people are unable to move on vehicles. So they have distributed petrol and diesel to people for free. He claimed that at the moment people do not have jobs and if fuel prices would keep on increasing like this, then how they would manage things. They claimed that the government, whether Centre or state, they should do something to give relief to public as the state government can reduce VAT on fuel, which will help in reducing oil prices.
Social activist Bittu Gumber said that they had been doing sewa of langar and ration for the last four months and on Thursday, they had distributed petrol and diesel for free to mark their protest. They demanded that the Centre and Punjab government should provide relief to people by reducing taxes on petrol and diesel.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday too Shiromani Akali Dal leadership had staged a protest outside the mini-secretariat against the hike in fuel prices. The leaders claimed that there was need to control the fuel prices as the common man was already reeling under tough time due to coronavirus.