Comments on: Bold move on diesel, but hold the rollback Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anonymous Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:49:22 +0000 The 14% hike in the selling price of diesel may have been imperative – and even this is not enough to reach a balance – but what really must be kept under check is the runaway hike in cost of food and vegetables. A 14% hike per liter of diesel should not have a very large impact on prices of essential commodities. eg take a diesel run trailer covering 200 kms (@8-10 kms per liter) to transport 500 kgs of cauliflower. on 25 liters of diesel on an average, his overall cost goes up by just Rs 125, but he is asking for a 10% hike in transportation cost. That is daylight robbery. Moreover, the Rs 125 extra spent should only lead to an increase of Rs 0.25 per kg. Strangely the price will be hiked by at least Rs 3-5 per kg. That is what the government should be shielding the public from