The common man is hurting due to the sharp rise in prices of essential commodities like edible oil and LPG in the last three years.
In Kolkata for instance, edible oil prices have more than doubled in the last three years. Mustard oil which was Rs 90 a liter in May 2019, is now selling at Rs 190 a liter, while rice bran oil which was Rs 80 a liter, is now at Rs 150 per liter.
Similarly, groundnut oil is touching Rs 200 a liter in May this year compared to Rs 156 in 2019. Soybean oil is at Rs 140 compared to Rs 95 a liter in 2019.
Sunflower oil is being sold in Kolkata at Rs 180 a liter against Rs 102 a liter in 2019.
It is not only edible oil that is on fire. The cooking fuel, LPG, is also flaring up as 14.2 kg cylinder in Kolkata is now at a whopping Rs 835 compared to Rs 496 in February of 2019.
LPG cylinder prices have been going up in the last two years. They touched Rs 499 in May 2019, Rs 620 in August 2020, Rs 720 in January 2021 and Rs 835 in May 2021.