So there it is again. The government in India has done what people clearly expected yet they went a step ahead meeting more than just expectations. They brought the people a step closer to their wildest nightmare. Yes, petrol prices have been increased by a whopping Rs. 7.5 per litre and you see the people already running wild with their sarcasm, jokes and letting their upset well known through social networking sites. The petrol prices had already been lurking around the Rs. 70 mark per litre, which itself was not too good for the people but this sudden and emphatic rise of price has led to an obvious dismay of the paying customers. But with the sliding of rupee against dollars and a crumpling world economy, the government basically had no other choice to resort to.
One thing that seems very obvious is the backlash that this news and situation seems to be getting. The general tag of reaction towards this situation is straightaway a nonsensical and ridiculous move by the government. But every coin has two sides and thus I decided to look, ponder over and analyze the other side of this coin. Firstly, this clearly fuels further the use of public transport in India. Indirectly, it can limit the use of motor vehicles which would lead to the public transport becoming healthier and contributing to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the nation. The limitation on the usage of motor vehicles also brings in a lot of positives such as the reduction in pollution caused by them and the heavy traffic jams that occur on a regular routine basis thanks to these same motor vehicles.
The more unattainable, the more attractive is what is generally believed. Anything available in abundance is never valued as much as it should. Same applies for the petrol here. With cheap petrol prices, which the people obviously want, it would further loosen the already careless people to misuse the usage of vehicles and lead to a greater increase in sales of automobiles such as motorbikes and cars. And keeping the Indian youth in mind, the cars and motorbikes would be one of the most expensive, high cc bikes that sucks up more petrol than an average looking but better mileage automobile does. Petrol would be used the way water is used to fill coolers in summers. Moreover, with the theory of petrol price and sale in automobiles being inversely proportional to each other, the lesser the petrol prices, the higher the sales of the automobiles would be. And the higher the automobiles on road, the higher would be the traffic, the higher would be the parking problems and the higher would be the pollution in our country.
But that doesn’t discount the wrath against the hike of petrol prices. There are more reasons than one behind the angst of the general public for this issue and this is where the other side of the coin comes into analysis. The government and its officers, precisely the corrupted officers too have a lot to do in this development as well. It is the common man who suffers paying price for not just himself but also for the insulation by our government officers. The officers have perhaps tapped so much from this system that whatever the petrol prices maybe, it won’t make an inch of a difference to their lives. Government provides them with whatever required out of the funds available to them, which has been funded by we, the people ourselves!
The official vehicles are used more often for unofficial purposes than official. Check out the routine of any official and you would know what I am hinting at. The driver drops the officer to his workplace, but then returns to the residence, picks up the child and the wife, who use it for their own luxuries, parties or shopping. The officers put their selfishness over national interest, that too without any kind of shamelessness on their part. The profligacy of the government officers is not limited to that alone. There are millions spent on their trips to various cities and countries, with either in business class or first class. More so, there are more than required people travelling that too for more than the number of days actually required. As you can see, your money, the people’s money is heavily abused and spent more on the ever increasing egos and luxuries of the government officials than on any national concern. The misuse of the people’s tax money is rampant in all cases with the government.
Actions can be taken by the government, but only when there is a will. Till then, they would fill in their pockets with all the hard earned money of the middle class people struggling to feed their family while we, the people as usual accept this and move on. This price rise has its share of boons disguised in it but that just doesn’t justify the hike of petrol prices and the abuse of power by the government officials. Recently, Sachin Tendulkar put an end to a petrol joke when he finally slammed his 100th century in world cricket, but the petrol price’s chase to reach the milestone seems quite steady and inevitable. The only question that remains staggering is: When?