Ranchi: Jharkhand will slash petrol prices by Rs 25/litre from January 26 next year, chief minister Hemant Soren announced on Wednesday on the occasion of two years of his government at a state level ceremony held at Ranchi’s Morabadi ground. He said, “Considering the spiraling prices of petrol and diesel in the country which is impacting the poor and marginalized, we have now decided to provide relief by providing Rs 25 per litre. We took this decision at a very less time and will start implementing it from January 26. While rich who move in cars won’t mind price rises, but the problem is for those who are in lower income group category, runs on two wheelers by mixing petrol and diesel.”
Taking a dig at the uncontrolled inflation in the country, he said, “Earlier, people used to buy bag full of vegetables but today they do so in small packets and plastics.” Responding to critics over how funds will be generated for welfare measures, Soren said, “Some ask that we always cry funds crunch but how will we manage to provide these reliefs, I want to say that we don’t want to indulge in unwanted expenditure but for those who are needy. We are also devising various ways to generate our own internal revenues through innovative means. Funds collected from those are being spent for the poor. For example, we recently began transit tax of Rs 10 which is helping us generate Rs 100-200 crore revenues. Soon, we are going to begin toll tax for vehicles carrying mines and minerals.”
During the ceremony, Soren along with Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais laid foundation stones for projects worth over Rs 10,000 crore, inaugurated projects worth over Rs 2000 crore and distributed slew of assets and welfare measures to different beneficiaries. Also present on the occasion at the stage included Congress’s Jharkhand in-charge RPN Singh, cabinet ministers—Alamgir Alam and Satyanand Bhokta, JMM supremo Shibu Soren among others. Around 5000 people attended the ceremony at the venue.