Shillong, Nov 3: With the price of commercial LPG cylinders increased by Rs. 266 since November 1, and the ever increasing prices of petrol and diesel on daily basis, the Meghalaya Joint Council of Trade Unions & Associations (MJCU&A) and All India Trade Union Congress, Meghalaya State Unit (AITUC) on Wednesday took to streets to protect the massive hike in fuel prices recently.
Staging the protest in Shillong, MJCU&A president MN Bhattacharjee said the rise in fuel prices has triggered an overall increase in prices of all essential products. He said the rising fuel prices has increased transportation costs which has led to rise in all essential items including food, vegetables, milk and other articles of daily consumption, which has hit the common people hard.
“Mustard oil price, which was Rs. 235.00 per litre here in the batch supplied in market in 07/2021 has been increased to 265.00 per litre in 09/2021. It has more than doubled in one year. Similarly, the rates of sunflower oil have risen up to 95 percent and those of peanut oil and soya oil by up to 60 per cent each,” Bhattacharjee said.
President of AITUC, T Sangma, demanded the state government to monitor and regulate the fares charged which has immensely burdened the people living in rural areas and students.
“Sufferings of people are increasing continuously who are already tremendously affected by the Covid pandemic continuing for almost two years,” he said.
Fuel prices in last two months
The MJCU&A also shared the prices of fuel in the last two months.
Petrol Price in Shillong:
01/10/2021 – Rs. 97.11 per Litre
31/10/2021 – Rs. 104.12 per Litre
01/11/2021 – Rs. 104.91 per Litre
Diesel Prices in Shillong:
01/10/2021 – Rs. 89.03 per Litre
31/10/2021 – Rs. 97.76 per Litre
01/11/2021 – Rs. 97.44 per Litre