Softening the crude blows

Balaji Chandramouli        Print Edition: December 16, 2007

Consumers can take heart. soaring crude prices are not going to swell their fuel bills for now.

With crude oil now closing in on the three-figure mark, Petroleum Minister Murli Deora is planning to approach the Cabinet shortly, seeking another financial package rather than a price hike to rescue beleaguered PSU oil companies IOC, BPCL and HPCL.

His request: Rs 19,000-crore additional bonds. Deora understands the futility of seeking price hikes in an election year. So, when he approached the Cabinet seeking a remedy for rising crude prices, he sought bonds as well as duty cuts to reduce the burden on the oil companies.


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