Okhlaites brace for hard times after price rise
OT, June 25, 2011 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
The government’s decision to increase prices of cooking gas by Rs 50 and diesel by Rs 2 has sparked a nation-wide protest with hundreds of thousands of people coming out on roads, seeking a roll back. Though nothing like this happened in Okhla, but residents are deeply concerned with the increase, fearing a debilitating impact on their economy and others. Sharique Anjum, employed in the telecom industry, said: “I am really worried. The increase in diesel price means everything will go up. With the limited salary it is going to be extremely difficult to run a family.”
Many residents and housewives strongly feel that with inflation already going up things would become expensive and unaffordable. Another resident Atif Khan, who is an engineering student, said: “Now, I need to ask for more money from my parents because my budget will get tight. Just see food prices have even gone up. A dozen of banana that used to costs only Rs 20 last year now is being sold for Rs 50. Life would be difficult for the middle class and the poor.”
Chances are that the latest increase will also lead to hike in fares of buses from Rs 4 to 5. Devendra Anand blames the government for this. “Metros like Delhi will be out of reach for the middle class Indians,” he said.
Since the government’s announced its intention, the opposition including the BJP and Communists has cried foul. In some places even the private bus operators have threatened strike.
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