Centre mobilising funds for implementing welfare schemes, says Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam

Car Bike Owners Aren't Starving Minister Alphons On High Fuel Prices

Despite the global crude oil prices coming down by 50 percent in the last three years, the petrol and diesel prices are at a high in India.

"Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a auto or bike".

He further said the taxes collected by the government are being used to improve the poor people's life unlike during the Congress regime. "Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay".

Deploring the statement of KJ Alphons, Congress leader and former petroleum minister Veerappa Moily said that his statement showed that the bureaucrats, who come to politics, have no understanding of people's problems.

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"Prime Minister Modi has a huge dream for the poor of India". Telangana Rashtra Samithi spokesman Bhanuprasad described Alphons' statement as shocking. The minister said the Centre would consider bringing petroleum and liquor under GST, if state governments agree to it. "Lot of people do not have a house", the newly-inducted NDA minister said.

Tourism Minister's comments has drawn flak from the opposition which is also mulling a nation-wide protest against the central government following fuel prices in the country.

Kannanthanam said that the government is working for the welfare of the downtrodden to ensure electricity in every village, build houses and toilets, for which money is needed and the ruling dispensation is not stealing that money from anyone. I don't think they have any problem in finding their food. "So those who are using fuel have to cough up tax also", he said adding the tax being levied was reaching the public. Recently, he advised foreign tourists to eat beef in their countries before coming to India.

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