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Trade unions want deregulation of petrol prices scrapped

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VIZIANAGARAM: Indian National Trade Union Congress, AITUC and CITU have demanded that the UPA Government at the Centre scrap the mechanism on deregulation of petrol prices that was introduced in June last year and also drop the proposal to increase prices of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas.

Following a call given by the Central committees of the said unions, the district councils on Thursday staged a dharna in front of Collector's Office here. V. Krishnam Raju (AITUC), M. Srinivasa Rao (INTUC) and T.V. Ramana (CITU) said that the oil marketing companies had increased price of petrol eight times since the prices were deregulated last year.

Mr. Krishnam Raju said that about 50 per cent taxes levied besides increasing prices of petrol had been burdening workers and other wage earners.

He said that the mechanism adopted by the UPA Government was to benefit the multi-nationals and other corporate companies. Mr. Raju said that the unions would, in protest, conduct ‘mock parliament' in Delhi and, if necessary, strike work for two days.

INTUC district president Srinivasa Rao said that the UPA government had been protecting corrupt ministers and making life of the poor miserable. CITU district secretary Ramana said that the government while announcing DA and other benefits to employees was snatching the money back through other means.

He said the TUs that had been fighting for their rights and wages till date henceforth would fight for roll back of prices.

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