Fuel has been a very essential and profiting commodity for many countries over the century. In India owing to the recent Lockdown, fuel prices have skyrocketed and there seems to be no immediate hope for prices to normalize.
In India, almost every state has increased the price of petrol and diesel. In Nagaland people are facing the repercussions of this crippling hike created by both the state and central government.
The state government recently levied a tax for both petrol and diesel by an additional 3 to 4 Indian Rupees. This has greatly affected the people of Nagaland especially the middle class families who are struggling to survive ever since the pandemic hit the state's economy, which is now almost on the verge of a collapse.
Recently there have been multiple complaints by individuals, organizations, business associations etc against the state government's decision to hike fuel prices. While the voice for putting an end to the fuel price cess because of the COVID19 pandemic is only getting louder, none of the state officials seem to be paying heed to any of the pleas and requests made by the citizens of Nagaland.
A recent conversation with some of the retailers and customers indicates that they feel like they are being cheated and are being meted an unfair treatment by the state officialsIncidentally, it is not just the price of fuel that has increased to an unbearable extend in Nagaland. The price of other essential commodities such as food products, vegetables, meat etc too have all risen and sadly it is the common people that are bearing the burden of everything.
A recent conversation with some of the retailers and customers indicates that they feel like they are being cheated and are being meted an unfair treatment by the state officials. Interestingly, most of the retailers also said that since the prices of wholesale goods have also increased drastically they are compelled to sell items to the consumers at an exorbitant rate in order to curtail their own losses.
A general balanced view on all these situations suggests that the state government has not been doing enough for its citizens despite the fact that almost everyone is either drowning in debts or suffering from the tormenting rise in prices.
It is not just the COVID19 Pandemic that the people of Nagaland are battling against. There is a simultaneous battle against the exorbitant prices of goods and services, most of which are essential commodities. In all honesty, this problem of escalating prices, which began with a few rupees, is now proving to be one of the most dreaded hurdles for the people of Nagaland on a daily basis.
Most people believe that if nothing is done to tackle this problem at the earliest it might take a calamitous turn and Nagaland might enter a state of perennial chaos and civil unrest.