Centre mobilising funds for implementing welfare schemes, says Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam

16 September, 2017, 23:02 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Twitter outraged over Alphons Kannanthanam's statement defending high fuel price

"67 per cent of the people in the country do not have toilets, new homes have to be built and for all such things lakhs and crores of money is required and hence this money is raised by hiking the price of fuel" he said, while speaking to reporters at the state party headquarters here. "We are going to tax people who can afford to pay".

Meanwhile, a group of Youth Congress activists began a march to present eyeglasses to Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday at his residence but were stopped by police.

Alphons said, "Who buys petrol? Lot of people do not have a house". "Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay", the Tourism Minister said. The money collected as taxes, goes for implementing welfare schemes for the poor, he said, adding this was to enable them have a dignified life. We are here for the welfare of the lowest in the downtrodden. "To make houses and toilets and to get electricity to every village... it is going to cost enormous amount of money". This is the problem with our Prime Minister that he is only an event manager and not a performer.

Deploring the statement of KJ Alphons, Congress leader and former petroleum minister Veerappa Moily said that his statement showed that the bureaucrats, who come to politics, have no understanding of people's problems. He doesn't know the reality; he just jumps from one event to another'.

Alphons was inducted into the Narendra Modi-led government in the cabinet reshuffle that took place on September 3.

In the past few days, Petrol and diesel prices have hit an all time high in 3 years in some cities in the country.

He said that with Kannanthanam's confession that the price hike of fuel was "deliberate", the dealing between the Central Government and corporates has become evident.

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