Just five years back that was in 2011, cost of one litre of milk was around Rs.16/= and today the same costs Rs.46/=. One kg of tur dal was Rs.68/= and today it costs Rs.180/=. Bus fare was Rs.10/= and today it is Rs.23/=. Electricity charges which was Rs.500/= is now Rs.1400/=. With levy of new VAT, monthly grocery bill has gone up from Rs.2000/= to Rs2,800/=. One load of sand which was Rs.3,500/= roughly has gone up to Rs7,200/=now.
For a family with four to five members, the monthly budget will be around Rs.6000/= few years back, to lead a simple life and such families require a minimum of Rs.14,000/= now.
People voted for the Government, with a fervent hope that the Government will take all our efforts to control the prices.
But what happened actually?
On the contrary, there is steep hike in the price of essential commodities including provision, oil, milk, transport, power, gas, petrol, medicine, Insurance, etc etc
During every summer season, it has become a customary to enhance the price of milk.
The prices of gas and petrol soar intermittently.
When there is monsoon failure, prices of vegetable, fruits and grocery items will soar with immediate effect.
When there is hoarding by wholesalers for obvious reasons, the cost of onion or tur dal, etc will soar.
And when there is poor supply and more demand, the cost of such product will soar.
But IMHO, the salary or income of an individual may not have such number of opportunities for hike.
If he is a Government servant, he will have two DAs hike every year, besides annual increment and this applies to pensioners also.
But in the case of retired persons from private sector who don't have such terminal benefits, what will they do? Especially those who depend upon their wards, who are already facing the challenges of running a family and finding it difficult to make both the ends meet.
A couple of days back I met a friend and during our chat, he mentioned that lives of most of the downtrodden has gone several years backward economically with all their hard earned assets and valuables gone with the flood.
Are they happy with the freebies and subsidies? What is the level of corruption? What is the average per capita Debt?
Where is Achhe Din?
Perhaps this may also be one of reasons for rise in offences like chain snatching, pickpocketing, etc
PS: Prices quoted to approx