Mamata Banerjee Lashes Out At Centre Over Price Hike Of 800 Essential Medicines

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the Centre for staying silent on the price hike of 800 essential medicines. 

Addressing a meeting in Siliguri on Sunday, Mamata said, “The prices of 800 essential medicines have been hiked. But all political leaders remain mum.”

The West Bengal CM also questioned the Central government on the issue of the price hike in domestic cooking gas. She said, “I want to ask how many times the LPG price has been hiked in five days ? The Prime Minister should answer.”

Mamata criticized the decision of hiking the prices of petrol and diesel. 

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority of India (NPPA) on Friday announced a hike in the price of 800 essential drugs by 10.7 per cent effective from April 1.

The drugs in the list include Paracetamol, Phenobarbitone, Phenytoin Sodium, Azithromycin, Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride and Metronidazole which are used to treat the majority of common ailments such as fever, infections, heart diseases, high blood pressure, skin diseases and anaemia.

From March 27, Banerjee is on a five-day visit to the North Bengal. On her first day of visit she addressed a public meeting in Siliguri where she announced 12 new projects for the people of North Bengal.

Speaking of Rampurhat violence, Mamata said, “If CBI does not work properly, we will hit the streets. There are many instances in which a CBI probe is still pending.”

“Many such incidents have taken place in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Tripura, and Assam. Our party workers were not allowed to reach the incident site, but in Birbhum, we never stopped any political party,” she said.

The Calcutta High Court on Friday had ordered the CBI to take over the probe into Birbhum violence.

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