Not hit by fuel prices as I am a minister: Athawale | Photo from Twitter: ANI
- Ramdas Athawale’s statement managed to evoke some laughter at the press conference
- When asked if rising fuel prices affected him, he said it was affecting others more
- He said fuel prices can be reduced if states cut tax on it
As the raging fuel prices across the country continue to burn holes in people’s pockets, a minister in PM Narendra Modi’s government on the other hand said he was not bothered by the quickly-escalating fuel prices as he is a minister and referred to the allowance he gets in this regard.
Too bad if you own a vehicle and are not a minister.
In Rajasthan’s Jaipur, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale candidly confessed on Saturday that the increase in petrol and diesel prices did not bother him thanks to the allowances he draws as a minister.
I am not suffering from rising fuel prices as I am a minister.
– Athawale said referring to allowances he receives
The minister was certainly able to evoke some laughter at a press conference when he made another statement.
I may suffer if I lose my ministerial post.
– Athawale said
He had been asked if he was personally affected by the rising prices. The minister acknowledged that others are affected more.
AND THEN THIS
It is understandable that people are suffering from rising fuel prices and it is the duty of the government to reduce them.
– The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment said
He said the price of fuel can be reduced if the states cut the tax on it. The Centre is seriously working on the issue, he said according to a PTI report.
PROGRESS OF SCHEMES
Athawale reviewed the progress of schemes run in Rajasthan by his ministry.
He urged officials to disburse scholarship amounts to students from scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward categories on time, deal with pending applications for inter-caste marriage and hold special camps to help the differently abled.
Athawale heads the Republican Party of India, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party.