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Updated: November 18, 2011 02:36 IST

Opposition demands immediate rollback of bus fare, milk price hike

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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi. File Photo
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi. File Photo

Political parties in the State were unanimous in condemning the hike in the price of milk and bus fares, announced by the State government on Thursday. They demanded an immediate rollback saying that the price hike would be a severe blow to the common man.

Condemning the price hike, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi said the party would react after going through the reasons for the increasing the rates. If need be, the party would launch an agitation against the hike.

Terming the hike as “unprecedented,” Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam president Vijayakant said the steep increase in the price of milk would affect the middle class and the poor. At a time when the prices of essential commodities were steadily on the rise, Thursday's announcement on the hike only added to the burden of the common man.

While taking pride in the budget saying that it was “tax-free”, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime announced a price hike soon after the local body elections. This only exposed the anti-people policy of the government. The steep hike in the bus tariff came as a shock to the people. Mr. Vijayakant also condemned the move to increase power tariff.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan said the increase in the price of milk by Rs. 6.25 per litre and the near 100 per cent hike in bus tariff would put the people to sufferings.

In a resolution, the State Committee of the party condemned the hike and demanded a rollback. Instead of bringing relief to the people, the AIADMK government added to their hardship by announcing the price hike and recommending to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission to increase power tariff, he said.

While conceding that the reasons cited by the government for the hike were valid, the Communist party of India said taxing the common man was not a solution.

CPI State secretary D. Pandian said there could not be a denial to the rationale that the previous government had caused financial crunch and the Centre was denying Tamil Nadu its rightful due. However, these reasons were no justification for overburdening the people with the price hike.

Instead, the government should unite the people and oppose the Union government demanding the State's rights, he said.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president B.S. Gnanadesikan refuted the claim of the government that the hike was consequent to the Centre not allotting adequate funds for the State.

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre allocated substantial funds to the States for education, urban/rural development, infrastructure development and sanitation. Demanding a rollback in the price hike, he said efficient fund management was the State's responsibility.

Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss said power tariff was increased in July 2010 and the move to effect a hike in just a year later was unacceptable.

The drastic increase in the price of milk and bus tariff would add to the burden of the people, he said.

Bharatiya Janata Party State president Pon. Radhakrishnan, expressing shock over the price hike, said people living below the poverty line were already suffering due to the increase in the price of essential commodities. Milk was essential for the healthy growth of children.

when you are buying water for Rs.20, why can't you buy milk which is
healthier

from:  ramamoorthy
Posted on: Nov 24, 2011 at 17:47 IST

What is the point in giving " free goodies " such as blenders if the taxes and prices are going to be hiked ? Why not leave the money with the tax payers for them to decide individually whether for their money they want to buy a blender or something else of a good quality ? Of course a common man will be happier if forty rupees are collected from him and a useless gift worth twenty five rupees is given back to him than if five rupees were collected from him and no gift is given back to him. He is happy with a net loss of 15 rupees than with a net loss of 5 rupees. Saying goes, " When a poor man steals it is theft, When a rich man steals it is kleptomania and when the State steals it is Tax. " Parkinson's second law is " Expenditure rises to meet the income ". Greater the tax income for the state greater is going to be its expenditure.

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Nov 19, 2011 at 02:40 IST

For efficient functioning of government, surplus fund is essential. So in deficit situation state government has to apt the help of central government. In case the central government has not turned on, then the only option is price hike. But the price hike should not be immediate and single huge hike!! But the bus fare is the greatest trouble we are going to face, but as CM says unavoidable. It’s all not only because of previous rulers alone, also because of TN people who have shown more interest of free samples like TV etc. Now a day’s peoples were going bad more than the politicians by supporting their schemes like free samples.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Nov 18, 2011 at 22:20 IST

Goverment has funds to give free Cows, Goats, Laptop and etc which most of the people was not even bothered, but now raising the price of all basic necessity.

from:  ram
Posted on: Nov 18, 2011 at 21:07 IST

it is ridiculous to get agitated about these rise, nobody bothers to
travel by share auto for even a very small distance by paying
rs.5/,the milk price is increased for the suppliers' also, the
formers' getting benefitted by that increase, the power tariff is
combination of many factors. mk never threatened of any agitation when
fuel price is increased for fear of being powerless, and the way every
new scam is brought out one feels that tihar is coming nearer chennai.
let them all declare first whether they are farmers or politicians,
then why agricultural holding/he being the first communist, should
follow the principle that"nilam uzhubavanukke sontham' and all corrupt
money declared as agricultural income.

from:  v.s.rengarajan
Posted on: Nov 18, 2011 at 19:37 IST

It absolutely made a bad impression about tamilnadu government among middle and lower level people.sure it going to make other commodities to rise up their rate.still lower class people going lower and lower.
it doesn't affect any luxurious people life. As a people we need a immediate solution to less our burden from tamil nadu government.

from:  senthur
Posted on: Nov 18, 2011 at 19:00 IST

This is not acceptable.....actually no one is even thinking of common man who lives in the country...Actually the freebies are totally waste...ask our ministers to go to Gujarat and learn how to rule and how to administrate....same thing there BJP is ruling ,opponent to central...how modi is able to run the government sucessful ????

from:  Bala
Posted on: Nov 18, 2011 at 17:21 IST

The price hike is too much for milk .50 - 1 rupees is ok and bus fare we cannot accept since 75% of people depend travelling on bus. How can the lower and middle class people manage. The CM has to think why she did like this. This will effect mainly the lower class especially.

from:  Rama
Posted on: Nov 18, 2011 at 15:41 IST

all the parties making fun of poor people.

from:  indian citizen
Posted on: Nov 18, 2011 at 14:42 IST

No matter who rules...this is not going to end!

from:  tamizhan
Posted on: Nov 18, 2011 at 12:51 IST
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