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Adulterated petrol prices also raised, clarifies government

15, May 2011 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. Government has clarified that the recent hike of 5 rupees per liter in the prices of petrol is applicable to all forms of petrol – leaded, unleaded, ethanol blended, and adulterated. The confusion was created after a set of over enthusiastic citizens refused to pay at the new rate for the adulterated petrol, claiming that the effective price of “pure” petrol was already higher owing to adulteration.

“There should be no confusion; prices have been raised across the board, and the hike applies to all forms of petrol,” a statement from the Petroleum Ministry read. Later talking to Faking News, a ministry official elaborated the rationale.

Petrol price hike
A poster put up by one of the petrol pumps last night, after the ninth price hike in as many months came into effect.

“While it’s true that there is less than a liter of pure petrol in the adulterated version, the cost of adulteration has also gone up in the recent years,” the official clarified why the government was not raising the prices on a pro-rata basis for adulterated petrol.

The official pointed out that the oil mafia has to take risky and costly steps such as murdering Indian Oil employees like Shanmughan Manjunath and burning government servants like Yashwant Sonawane alive, because of which they had been asking to raise the prices even before the prices in international market went up.

“There are other operational costs involved too in adulteration, which warrants no less than the current price hike,” the official explained.

When asked why the government was paying attention to mafia’s needs and concerns instead of finishing them off, the official told Faking News to stop joking, although he added that petrol prices could be raised again by another 5 rupees per liter.

When further asked why were petrol prices in India higher than those in the USA, where it hovers around 45 rupees per liter despite the cost of living there being higher than India, the official said, “Prime Minister had already clarified that before the hike was announced – we are not the US.”