NEW DELHI: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday slammed Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over her charge that the Centre was 'extorting money from people' and her demand seeking 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 said. "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
NEW DELHI: BJP leader and petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan hit out at the Congress on Monday, saying the central government is using the tax revenue earned from the petrol and diesel sale to fund welfare programmes for the poor and not for any "son-in-law or Rajiv Gandhi Foundation". Pradhan's barb at the Congress came after the opposition party president, Sonia Gandhi, attacked the BJP-led government for raising fuel prices 22 times since the lockdown, accusing it of "extorting" people, and sought an immediate rollback of the hikes. Hitting back, Pradhan said Gandhi seems to have forgotten that states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, where the Congress is in power on its own or with allies, have also hiked VAT
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan (File photo: ANI)NEW DELHI: India will gradually end central controls on gas pricing as it seeks to attract foreign investment and technology to lift local output, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday. India, which is a large emitter of greenhouse gases and has multiple gas pricing regimes, aims to raise the share of gas in its energy mix to 15% by 2030, from 6.2%. “This is an incentive we are giving to investors to come to India and take advantage of pricing and marketing freedom and produce more and invest more,” Pradhan said at the BNEF summit. To boost gas usage, India is expanding infrastructure including building new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import plants and
NEW DELHI: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday stressed on the need for practising yoga, saying the ancient practice can play a vital role in bolstering physical and mental wellbeing and building immunity. The comments came as part of his remarks on the sixth International Day of Yoga. The theme of this year's International Day of Yoga is 'ghar ghar me yog', which signifies the importance of staying at home and practising yoga with family while observing social distancing. "As you know, we are in midst of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. While we collectively fight this virus by wearing masks, ensuring social distancing, maintaining hand hygiene, spreading right information, it is time to also take other measures to
NEW DELHI: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for connecting 4 districts of Odisha - Ganjam, Bhadrak, Bolangir and Baleshwar along with the states of Bihar and Jharkhand to 'Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan'. In a tweet, Pradhan said, "I thank PM Narendra Modi for connecting 4 districts of Odisha - Ganjam, Bhadrak, Bolangir & Baleshwar along with the states of Bihar & Jharkhand to 'Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan' & focusing on the overall development of Eastern India." Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan on Saturday through video conferencing. This Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan with a duration of 125 days, will work in mission mode and involve focused implementation of
NEW DELHI: India has regained 65% of its appetite for fuel and demand will reach nearly pre-pandemic levels next month as economic activities pick up pace after the government’s announcement of a stimulus package and staggered easing of Corona restrictions, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan told TOI on Saturday. “The world has seen an unprecedented erosion in fuel demand. Many countries saw refineries being shut down, plans being rescheduled. India has fared better in comparison. After the lockdown began (from March 25), fuel demand had dropped to 30-35% of the level seen in April 2019. Yet, major production capacities remained operational. Demand is back at 65% of the May 2019 level and will reach pre-Corona level in June,” Pradhan said.
नई दिल्लीः लॉकडाउन में ढील मिलने के बाद ही अब पेट्रोल और डीजल की कीमतों में आग लग गई है. राजधानी दिल्ली में पेट्रोल के दामों में खासी बढ़ोतरी हुई है. दिल्ली सरकार ने पेट्रोल के कीमतों में 1.67 रुपये का इजाफा किया है. वहीं डीजल की कीमतों में 7.10 रुपये प्रति लीटर की बढ़ोतरी हुई है. नई कीमतों के मुताबिक, दिल्ली में आज पेट्रोल 71.26 रुपये लीटर हो गया है और 7 रुपये से ज्यादा की बढ़त के बाद डीजल 69.29 रुपये लीटर हो गया है. अप्रैल में इतनी गिरी पेट्रोल, डीजल की बिक्रीबताते चलें कि हाल ही में समाचार एजेंसी रॉयटर्स ने बताया था कि पिछले साल के मुकाबले अप्रैल में पेट्रोल की बिक्री 61 फीसदी और डीजल की बिक्री
नई दिल्लीः लॉकडाउन के चलते पूरे देश में पेट्रोल, डीजल और हवाई ईंधन की खपत में अप्रैल माह में बड़ी गिरावट देखने को मिली है. पेट्रोलियम मंत्री धर्मेंद्र प्रधान के मुताबिक पिछले साल के मुकाबले खपत में 70 फीसदी की कमी देखने को मिली है. हालांकि सरकार और तेल कंपनियों को उम्मीद है कि मई माह में सरकार द्वारा लॉकडाउन में छूट मिलने का असर इनकी बिक्री पर भी देखने को मिलेगा. ग्रामीण इलाकों में हुई डीजल की बिक्रीप्रधान ने कहा कि 17 अप्रैल के बाद डीजल की बिक्री में थोड़ा से इजाफा ग्रामीण इलाकों में देखने को मिला है. इसके बाद चार मई से देश के अन्य हिस्सों में भी पेट्रोलियम उत्पादों की बिक्री में इजाफा देखने को मिलेगा. अप्रैल में