Proposal demanding parliamentary probe on rising fuel prices tabled

KATHMANDU

A proposal of urgent public importance has been tabled in a meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) today, aiming to press the government to present a clear draft for reducing the prices of petroleum products. As the proposal stated, it was imperative to prod the government to come up with a clear draft to discourage the skyrocketing prices of fuel.
The proposal tabled by CPN (UML) chief whip Bishal Bhattarai accuses the government of failing to pay much heed to the major indicators of economy which led to the skyrocketing prices of foodstuff and consumer goods.

The government is alleged of not taking any measures to discourage inflation and increasing the prices of petroleum products such as cooking fuel, diesel, petrol and kerosene against provisions of automated price adjustment of fuels. As the proposal claimed, the multi-dimensional impact of the rise of prices of petroleum products had not been analysed and the need of discussions with opposition and experts from relevant fields was ignored to assess ways for price adjustment.

Though the Nepal’s constitution has guaranteed the citizens’ right to live with dignity, the price rise has made the livelihood of people with minimum and meagre income difficult,” the main opposition party says, adding. The proposal reads: “So it is imperative to come up with a clear draft promptly for reduction of the prices of petroleum products and thus to ensure the primary and most significant responsibility of the welfare State which is to make the basic needs of the people addressed.”

The proposal is backed by lawmakers Yagya Raj Sunuwar, Ganesh Prasad Pahadi, and Rajendra Prasad Lingden. During the discussions over the proposal, lawmakers accused the government of promoting inflation right after the completion of local level elections instead of coming up with any relief programmes for the citizen. As they said, “The decision to deduct the price of petrol by Rs 10 per liter on Thursday was not sufficient and it is required to constitute a high-level parliamentary committee to deal with the issues.” The proposal was registered at the Parliament on May 23.

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