GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - Hundreds of protesters representing various trade unions of the Central and State organisations staged a dharna on the bank of the Dighalipukhuri here today against the Central government�s decision to hike the prices of cooking gas at the rate of Rs 4 a month till the subsidy on the item is stopped by March next year.
In a statement issued here today, the Joint Council of Trade Unions (JCTU), Assam stated that the withdrawal of subsidy on cooking gas would impose a burden on the poor people who cannot afford gas cylinder without subsidy.
The JCTU observed that after the introduction of 5 per cent GST on LPG cylinders, prices of LPG cylinders have risen by Rs 32. This should not have happened when the prices of crude oil in the international market have sharply fallen, the statement added. The JCTU has also strongly denounced the anti-people decision of the Central government.
Expressing its grave concern over the flood situation in the State, the JCTU expressed its displeasure at the inadequate evacuation of the flood-hit people and the amount of relief being provided to them.