The rising cost of goods and services was a big topic of discussion in the Assembly today, with East Shillong MP Ampareen Lyngdoh suggesting that the state government should start regulating tuition fees.
Meanwhile, the opposition Trinamool Congress (TMC) blamed the extortion of truckers by “illegal” tolls along the Guwahati-Shillong highway for the inflation.
Lyngdoh said the common man doesn’t understand terms like inflation or GST, but can feel the pinch in his pocket as prices rise. Although inflation is not the only fault of the state government, there are things that can be done at the state level, she said.
“Tuition fees,” she pointed out, “have become an issue for all parents and the government should start thinking about regulating tuition fees. There should be uniformity in the collection of tuition fees because… our income is meager.
Added to this are the rising costs of cooking gas, electricity, basic commodities and health care, Lyngdoh added.
Meanwhile, Mawsynram MLA Himalaya Shangpliang of TMC said residents were suffering badly and even the construction boom was not affecting them as contractors ended up bringing in labor and machinery. from out of state.
As all goods arriving in Shillong and other parts of Khasi-Jaintia Hills have to do so by road, Umroi MP George Lyngdoh said transporters are angry at the extra payments they have to make to move their goods. trucks to the state capital.
“Carriers tell us they have to pay at least Rs 8,000 per vehicle which has increased the cost to consumers. Illegal district council control barriers have further burdened the consumer with high costs and the state’s declining per capita has added to the misery, especially post Covid,” he said.
Another TMC lawmaker, Zenith Sangma, said the ‘insensitive’ central government imposed GST on every item needed by the poorest of the poor and even imposed an 18% GST on soap as if the poor had no no need to wash or take baths.