New Delhi, Feb 18: Addressing an online event to inaugurate oil and gas projects in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I do not want to criticise anyone but I want to say that had we focused on this subject much earlier, our middle-class would not be burdened.”
He blaims previous governments for not cutting import dependence.
Petrol price on Wednesday soared to over ₹100-mark per litre in Rajasthan – the highest-level India has ever seen – as fuel prices were hiked for the ninth day in a row.
Petrol price was raised by 25 paise per litre and diesel by 25 paise, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.
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According to news agency PTI, PM Modi said that India imported over 85 per cent of its oil needs in the 2019-20 financial year and 53 per cent of its gas requirement.
“Our government is sensitive to the concerns of the middle class,” PM Modi said.
He further affirmed the need to have energy independence and promoted the idea of clean and green sources of energy.
Interestingly, he mentioned that India is planning to have a natural gas pipeline grid to increase usage of the environment-friendly fuel. This would be helpful in reducing carbon emissions.
The government is working on the increasing the amount of natural gas used from 6.3 per cent to 15 percent, said PM Modi but the current hike is going to raise a lot of questions about the functioning of the current government and the previous one.
By Juhi Seernani