Hyderabad: The Lok Satta Party on Saturday asked the State Government to allocate a certain portion of its revenue from the increase in the diesel price to reduce the burden on consumers.
In a statement, party working president DVVS Varma pointed out that Andhra Pradesh levies an exorbitant tax of 22.5 per cent on diesel.
The State’s revenue goes up whenever the Central government raises the diesel price.
The state government can offset the price hike and provide relief to the common man by reducing its share of tax on diesel, the LSP leader said.
Mr Varma added, “since a hike in diesel price fuels inflation and hurts the common person most, the state and Union governments should strive to mitigate its effects.”
Both the state and Central government should promote public transport by offering a higher subsidy on diesel to public transport undertakings including the railways and improving infrastructure, the LSP working president said.
He added, “the government should supply solar LED lanterns and encourage blending of petrol with ethanol produced out of sugarcane to reduce the demand for kerosene and petrol.”(INN)