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Kerosene tsunami; Fishermen’s chests are burning

Like petrol and diesel, the central authorities is rising the worth of kerosene day-after-day. The value of non-subsidized kerosene has been hiked by Rs 2.09 per liter within the final two weeks. That is after the sharp rise of Rs 18.77 on April 3. The state is in disaster, together with with conventional fishermen. When the BJP authorities got here to energy in 2014, it was Rs 55 per liter. That is a rise of 120 per cent to Rs 125.28 now.

Kerosene is the gas within the vessel employed by 2,47,849 conventional fishermen in Kerala. There are 10,889 authorised vessels and 14,332 engines. One wants 500 to 600 liters of kerosene monthly. The state wants one lakh kiloliters per 12 months.

All kerosene for fishing was launched from the Central Pool from 2014–15. This allocation was lower shortly after the BJP authorities got here to energy. Pricing energy was left to the businesses. Lower than 20 per cent of what’s wanted is now within the central pool. Its value has been elevated from Rs 59 per liter to Rs 81 per liter.

The State Authorities gives a subsidy of Rs. 25 / – for kerosene equipped via 13 banks of Matsyafed. In 2016, he obtained Rs 1 per liter after deducting this subsidy. Even when he will get a subsidy now, he has to pay Rs 100.28.

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