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Is fuel really costly?
Sakshi Aggarwal | 22 Dec 2010

I too thought that fuel is really expensive till the time I compared it with the other things which we use in our daily routine but whose prices are not publicised to such an extent, I thought fuel is not that expensive compared to other things.

I HEAR a constant cribbing these days on the increase in rate of petrol and diesel. When we can spend on our luxuries and lifestyle then why can’t we spend on our day to day need? A cycle rickshaw puller who has nothing to do with petrol or diesel as it does not affect his livelihood since he has to pull rickshaw which is a human powered vehicle and not a mechanical engine of petrol or diesel.
In today’s world a cycle rickshaw puller will spend 20 to 30 rupees on mobile phone recharge coupons but when it comes to spending on their livelihood they crib about things being expensive. A middle-class man will spend Rs 150 on watching a movie at PVR but when it comes to spending on petrol they make it a loud affair. An upper class man who can buy a Mercedes of 50 lakh’s should not crib at all on the petrol prices being hiked. If he can spend to maintain his style, then he can also spend on his vehicle which needs petrol to run.
I too thought that fuel is really expensive till the time I compared it with the other things which we use in our daily routine but whose prices are not publicised to such an extent, I thought fuel is not that expensive compared to other things.
A litre of petrol costs Rs 55.7 whereas a kg of Amul butter would cost Rs 224 and one litre of mango drink is for Rs 60.
Majority of the people use the above mentioned products in their living and even if the rates are hiked, we should focus on the positive side of an event. Since the earnings has also increased which goes hand in hand with the expenditure.
By saying this I am not trying to encourage the prices being hiked in all the things which concern our lives. But I am trying to explain that the prices which are hiked helps the government to raise their funds which in turn is used on building infrastructure like Metros, new DTC buses, roads, bridges. The government cannot keep paying from its own pocket for the necessities that are essential for the people.