The parsimonious of the government is limitless as it while reducing the price of petroleum products earlier had raised the GST from 17% to 22% last time and now from 22% to 27%, that tantamount to giving with one hand and talking away with other hand, said Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Central Punjab, in a statement issued from here today.
He also pointed out that the relief to the consumers was grossly disprotionate to the reduction of the oil prices in the international market that clearly manifested that the government of the PML (N) was generous in showering favours through SROs, running into billions of rupees, on the capitalists by granting exemptions on custom duties but quite miser in providing due relief to the common people.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo demanded that the latest raise in the GST be withdrawn immediately adding that the prices of Mobil oil should also be reduced accordingly because its prices also had slashed in the international market like other petroleum products.
He said that Mobil oil was used in the all types of machinery under the use of people including by the farmers to run their tube wells. The government should not be always in the look out to swindle the common consumers to the maximum extent, he stated.
He pointed out that the government apparently deliberately ignored the reduction in Mobil oil prices due to its inclination to squeeze the poor dry as a source of easy money and that too without troubling the big industrialists.
He observed that it was tyrannical on the part of the rulers to deprive the common man from the benefits accruing out of the working of the international market forces adding while it was quite efficient to pass on the burden on the consumers without delay when the international market prices showed upward trends in prices.
He argued that the government was not people’s friendly and certainly anti-farmers.