Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Too high a price to pay

The editorial Don't slip on the oil slick (Our Take, June 30) rightly suggests that the government change its tax policy on oil to favour the poor. The difference of Rs. 23 in the per litre price of petrol and diesel is huge. The government incorrectly claims that the lower middle class depends on diesel more than petrol. If subsidies are meant to help the poor, then the government must focus on making them work.

(This letter published in Hindustan Times on July 4, 2011)