By Our Staff Reporter
Bhopal, Oct 28
Describing rising inflation as the biggest problem being faced by the country, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh today said that the Centre has initiated several steps to tackle the problem. Mr Singh was addressing the Madhya Pradesh Mahila Congress’ state-level convention ‘Swayamsiddha Mahila Shakti Sammelan’ here today.
“The Centre was compelled to hike the price of petroleum products in view of four- to five-fold increase in the price of crude petroleum in the recent years. However, the Centre did not raise the price of kerosene keeping the requirements of needy in mind,” he said.
Mr Singh said that the Centre is providing subsidy over the consumption of six LPG cylinders in a year. The Congress-led state governments are providing subsidy to three more cylinders from its own behalf. However, the BJP-ruled state governments are not providing similar subsidies.
The BJP that calls nationwide bandhs to protest against price rise itself collects tax in the name of Value Added Tax in its own states with no relief to denizens. This showed its duplicity.
Alleging that the BJP had failed on all fronts, Mr Singh called upon the Mahila Congress to launch a campaign against the state government in the interest of people.
All India Mahila Congress In charge Mohsina Kidwai said that she could claim based on her experience that the work done by the Congress for the uplift of women could not ever be emulated by the BJP. “Extraordinary works have been done for women by right from former prime minister late Indira Gandhi to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. It is necessary to form a Congress government in the state for development of women,” she said.
Former union minister Suresh Pachouri said that the state government took the credit of central schemes but its benefits reached to contractors related to the BJP instead of needy people.
Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Ajay Singh said that the government was providing benefits of several schemes started for development of women during the tenure of Mr Singh to a few contractors.
Mahila Congress Vice-President Sudha Rai, state Mahila Congress President Archana Jaiswal and other women leaders also addressed the conference.