Attempts are being made to spread confusion in the wake of diesel price hike: Joy

United News 24 Desk ::

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Information and Technology, said the country was trying to spread misconceptions in the wake of the recent diesel price hike. But in fact in 2013 the price of diesel in the country was 6 rupees per liter, later in 2016 it was reduced from 3 rupees to 75 rupees per liter. Since then, the price of diesel and kerosene has not increased in the last five and a half years.

He said this in a status given on his verified Facebook page on Saturday night. Sajeeb Wazed Joy further wrote under the headline ‘Diesel price hike and some information stay away from rumors – know the truth’, the price of fuel oil has continued to rise in the international market since the beginning of the current financial year. As a result, Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation-BPC faced huge losses in the case of diesel.

He said the subsidy was Tk 2.96 per liter in June this year, Tk 3.80 in July, Tk 1.58 in August, Tk 5.62 in September and Tk 13.01 in October. In the last five and a half months, BPC has lost about Tk 1148.60 crore for diesel. At the same time, the value of the dollar has risen from Tk 69 in 2016 to Tk 65.75 this month. As a result, they have to pay extra in dollars.

Sajib Wazed Joy writes that despite the reduction in the price of fuel oil in India, the price of diesel in West Bengal is Rs 90 or Rs 104 per liter, while in Delhi it is Rs 96.42 or Rs 114 per liter. In Nepal too, the price is 112.39 Nepali rupees or 81 rupees. We are worth less than these neighboring countries. That is why smugglers are smuggling diesel from here to neighboring countries.

He added that the government is constantly coming up with thousands of crores of rupees in subsidies for fuel oil. As a result, due to low prices in this country, smuggling is taking place abroad, which is to prevent this price increase and there is no room for confusion.

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