Bhubaneswar: The price of a litre of petrol crossed the Rs 100- mark in Jeypore of Koraput district on Monday, triggering deep resentment among people of the region.
Earlier, the prices of petrol had breached the Rs 100- mark in Malkangiri district last week. As per reports, a litre of petrol is sold at Rs 100.27 in Jeypore while the prices of diesel stood at Rs 98.4 per litre. The BJD has slammed the Central Government for the continuous hike in fuel prices.
State Planning Board Deputy Chairman and BJD leader Sanjay Dasburma hit at out at the Centre for the price rise of essential commodities as well as fuel prices which has hit the common man hard across the country. Dasburma said the Centre had earlier announced the agriculture cess will not impact people.
However, the fuel prices have been increased on 16 occasions which has directly affected the lives of people at a time when they are struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, BJP leader Satyabrata Panda said, “The pandemic has impacted the economy.
But blaming the Centre only for petrol and diesel price hike is not justified as the State Government is also collecting revenue from petroleum products which have been kept out of the GST purview.”