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MANGALORE: Consumers in the city are worried over increase in prices of cooking gas, diesel, and kerosene.
Some of them who spoke to The Hindu on Sunday said the increase of Rs. 50 for a cooking gas cylinder was steep. Representatives of some political parties opposed the increase in prices of fuels.
Lavanya, a lecturer in an engineering college, said increasing the price of cooking gas suddenly was unreasonable. Yet, people pay up as it was an essential commodity. “Politicians' salaries increase by many folds but salaried people get an increase of 3 or 4 per cent. That, they don't understand,” she said.
Sumana Salian, who manages a milk parlour with her husband, said it was steep considering there were many other expenses. “We have to pay the power bill, the house rent plus so many other expenses. How can one manage?”
K. Rama, an employee with the Public Works Department, said: “The price rise of Rs. 50 is too high. But what can one do?”
Badrinath, a professional in the service sector, said that increase in the price of cooking gas was badly timed, with price rise across the country and not too many jobs. While politicians might not feel the price rise, the budget plans of common people go off track. “It will push up the prices of vegetables, eatables, groceries, medicines, and plate meal. The government is putting its expenses into our account,” he said.
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