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

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Union minister KJ Alphons on Saturday stirred a controversy after he justified increasing the prices of petrol and diesel by saying that those who own cars or motorbikes, can afford to pay for costlier fuel.

Justifying his statement, the Union Minister said, "Prime Minister has a huge dream for the poor of India". "Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a auto, bike and certainly he is not starving". Certainly, he is not starving.

He said the funds are being used, among other things, to build toilets and houses for the poor. Asked about the increase in prices of essential commodities in the wake of fuel price hike, Kannanthanam said inflation rate of 4 per cent in the country was less than half per cent prescribed by the RBI.

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"We are imposing the taxes so that the poor have a dignified life, money being collected today is not being stolen by us", Alphons Kannanthanam added.

"Our motto is simple".

The minister also said that those who can afford vehicle shouldn't be complaining about this price hike and must bear it for the sake of the country.

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In his speech in Thiruvananthapuram, Alphons said the Modi government was committed to ensuring the welfare of the downtrodden by building houses for the homeless, providing electricity in all villages and building toilets in all houses.

"In future, the tax on fuel will come down once they come under GST".

The main focus of the government was the welfare of the poor and downtrodden. "Numerous ministers in PM Modi's government are like this", Mr Moily said.

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The money that we receive from the high fuel price would be punched towards the development of the country, the Union Minister had stated on September 15.

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