NEW DELHI: Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan defended the will increase in fuel prices in current weeks amid a nationwide protest by the Congress over the problem on Monday. Pradhan mentioned the nationwide in addition to world financial system was going by way of a difficult time and that it had impacted the demand and provide of gas the world over.

“Due to lockdown there was 70 per cent reduction in demand for petrol and diesel in April and May. With resumed economic activity, demand is coming back towards normal,” mentioned Pradhan. “In such a scenario, the recent increase in petrol and diesel prices has not impacted the common man. When a problem comes in a family, the person carefully manages the finances to meet the future challenges. The hike in fuel price should be seen like this.”

Pradhan mentioned the additional cash collected by way of taxes on gas was being spent on well being, employment and making certain financial safety of the individuals of the nation.

“Under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Scheme, we have now offered Rs. 1,70,000 crore underneath a number of schemes for poor and farmers.

We are depositing money of their financial institution accounts, giving six months free ration and free LPG cylinder for 3 months,” mentioned Pradhan. “Sonia Gandhi and Congress cannot digest the welfare of poor people,” he mentioned, slamming the opposition celebration and its president.