WB Chief Minister Mamata withdraws cess on LPG

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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Jun 25: On Saturday, Jun 25 the Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced to withdraw cess on LPG and thus save Rs 16 per cylinder for the consumers with immediate effect, in order to provide relief to the common people reeling under hiked fuel price.

"I consulted my Finance minister Amit MItra after midnight decision of the UPA government to hike prices of diesel, LPG and Kerosene oil and decided to withdraw cess collected by the state government on each LPG cylinder to give relief to common people", the chief minister said.

The WB government wouldnot collect cess of Rs 16 per LPG cylinder and this would effectively put the burden of hike at Rs 34 and not Rs 50 on consumers in the state.

"UPA government raised the LPG cylinder price by Rs 50, but consumers in our state will bear Rs 34 by our government's decision", she said.

Thrashing the centre for the fuel price hike on Friday, Jun 24 Banerjee said "we would like to urge the Centre to reduce LPG price".

Banerjee said that despite the repeated requests to the previous Left Front government, it did not bother to lift cess on LPG to give relief to the common people. "Left Front talks big, but does nothing substantial". "We have shown that we could do it", Banerjee asserted.

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