With the slash of petrol prices by a little more than rupees 2 per liter, Dr Manmohan Singh-led UPA government has shown some sense of sensitivity about people’s prime concern. This is the first time that the price of petrol was reduced in 17 months after it was increased for 11th times in a row.
Though the cutting down of petrol price is minimal, it has lightened the burden of the poor people at least in the same proportion. The reduction in petrol price by only rupees two may be a measure of great relief for the over burdened people but it has certainly reflected a sense of the government about the people’s prime concerns.
The inflation graph of food items for the week has also shown downward trend since the UPA came to power for the second time in 2009. So far during the rule of UPA-II, the people have experienced only two things- corruption and price rise. The galore of scandals that have come to light show that corruption is rampant at all levels of the government departments. As rot starts from the head, so is the corruption.
The inaction of the top executive of the country leads to corruption in the UPA government. Why the scams like 2G, CWG, Adarsh have happened. It is only because of the indecisiveness, inefficiency and inaction by the authorities concerned to keep eye on the functioning of the departments. Corruption is not less than a heinous crime. In heinous crime, the life is taken away brutally and painfully whereas corruption is the loot of public money. Corruption ridden government makes the public pauper and their lives are taken away slowly and in a very depressing way. It is the biggest enemy of the nation.
Corruption also causes rise in prices of essential commodities that hit the people hard. Profiteers, hoarders, black marketers and dealers are left free by corrupt officials, who are entrusted with the task of keeping and eye on their unfair activities and wherever found guilty, they would punish them. They take no action against the wrong doer because they are already heavily bribed.
So, the need of the hour for the government is to fight corruption to finish. It is cancerous. If unchecked in the beginning, it spreads very fast and becomes incurable. The same has happened with Manmohan Singh government at the Centre.
The burning issue of the country is unprecedented price rise of all commodities. The way food inflation is going up and up, it has become difficult for majority of the general poor people to fill their belly even once a day. And it would not be an exaggeration of the precarious condition of the people in rural India due to rising food inflation that they might face starvation. So, the prime need for the UPA-II is to keep food inflation and price of other essential commodities in check.
Congress party leads the UPA Government. It is in power only because it had shown concern with the people on the basis of which it got their mandate. So, if it failed to bring down the prices of essential commodities, the Congress party would bear the brunt of public anger most in the outcome of UP assembly elections itself.