Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday slammed Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over her accusing the Centre of ‘extorting money from people’ and seeking an immediate rollback of fuel price hike.
“Sonia Gandhi has recently given a statement in which she said that the Centre is filling the coffers. Gandhi is probably forgetting that Congress-ruled states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and even Puducherry have also put a burden on the public by increasing Rs 5 tax (on fuel) as tax,” Pradhan told here.
“In our country, when resources are needed for development, health, the government does so (increases tax). The money which Centre collected through these channels is sent to state governments. PM Garib Kalyan Yojana was started. Foodgrains were given to the needy, money was sent to the bank accounts of farmers, through these means. It was not used to fill any coffers, Modiji’s plans do not include filling coffers but distributing the money,” he added.
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister said that in the last three months (during the COVID-19 phase) till June 20 “42 crore people were paid Rs 65,454 crore in their bank accounts, without the involvement of any intermediaries.”