Jaya may move SC over diesel pricing - The New Indian Express

Jaya may move SC over diesel pricing

Published: 26th January 2013 07:37 AM

Last Updated: 26th January 2013 08:03 AM

Stating that the Centre’s dual-pricing policy on diesel would increase the state transport corporations’ (STCs) cost by Rs 1,000 crore, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday threatened to move the Supreme Court if the Centre failed to exempt the people mover from the recent diesel price hike.

According to the dual pricing policy, bulk consumers would have to pay  Rs 11 per litre, while retail consumers would face a staggered increase of 55 paise per litre every month. The hike came as part of a partial deregulation of diesel price.

Pointing out that the price hike effected by the Centre just four months ago had already cost the STCs’ an additional  Rs 383 crore, Jayalalithaa said the expense was borne by the state government, which it would continue to do, at present, in the interest of passengers, so that bus fares are not hiked as a result of the additional cost. 

“I hope Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will exempt STCs in Tamil Nadu from the hike in diesel prices. If the Centre fails to do so, there will be no option for the Tamil Nadu government but to move the Supreme Court,” Jayalalithaa said in a statement here.

The CM has also written a hard-hitting letter to the PM terming the Centre’s policy on partial deregulation and dual pricing a short-sighted measure. She requested the PM to immediately withdraw the “ill-conceived, ill-timed decision”, which is inflationary, discriminatory and anti-poor and would increase the burden on common people.

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