0904 GMT September 24, 2019
Sitharaman in an interaction with the media said the increase in the duty on petrol and diesel announced in the budget was not meant to hurt the middle class, but address environmental concerns, newkerala.com wrote.
"If I am investing in better metro connectivity, public transport and better future transport, I would expect a behavioral shift towards using public transport rather than using one's own car with a single passenger," the Minister added.
"If I had given people deduction for buying affordable house, is that for the super rich? Not at all, it is for the middle class. If I have also promoted the use of electric cars in place of fossil fuel vehicles, again, it is keeping in mind the commitments we have made for environment's sake. I am also helping the middle class to shift from a fossil fuel run vehicle to one that runs on electricity," she said.
The government has proposed to impose additional two percent excise duty on petrol and diesel in the budget for 2019-20.