Withdrawing subsidy on sugar anti-poor move: Farooq

Demands immediate roll back of decision

Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 19 2018 1:25AM | Updated Date: Dec 19 2018 1:25AM
Withdrawing subsidy on sugar anti-poor move: FarooqFile Photo

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday censured the Governor Administration’s move to end disbursement of subsidised sugar to states BPL consumers.

Party president Farooq Abdullah while expressing his dismay over withdrawing sugar subsidy said that ending subsidy on sugar will adversely affect the poor and ‘have not’s’. “It is an anti-people move and will put extra burden on daily wagers and economically challenged class of our society. The PDP-BJP government soon after it came to power took no time to do away with the subsidy on rice and cooking gas. An APL consumer had to pay less than Rs 1000 per quintal but after the subsidy was removed by the then BJP-PDP government, consumers are paying Rs 1500 per quintal,” he said.

Farooq said that in view of the move to do away with the subsidy on sugar, salaried class people will be severely affected by adding the burden of expenditure on them. “People are already paying heavily for cooking gas and rice. The food bill that was introduced into our state during BJP-PDP regime has already hit the consumers very hard. The subsidy on cooking gas also stands withdrawn,” he said.

He maintained that the conflict situation has already put people under duress and that the small business has already received a bolt.

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