Rising fuel prices and essentials spoil household budgets ahead of festivities | Patna News


PATNA: Soaring fuel prices have driven up the cost of basic necessities, disrupting the household budget of middle-class families. Citizens bear additional financial burdens at a time when jobs are scarce and sources of income are drying up amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Many families are forced to compromise even with their diet.
Shubodeep Ranjan and his family of six struggle to cut household expenses. Ranjan (43), who lives in Bahadurpur and works in an insurance company, said any savings he kept for his children’s education and medical expenses were spent on household needs.
“In the last 4-5 months, I haven’t saved a single penny; instead, the money saved is used to cover daily expenses. As the prices of food grains, groceries and vegetables hit new highs, we have changed our menu and reduced the items on the plate. If my wife cooks vegetables, she provides enough water to make up for the legumes. In addition, there is also my mother’s medical expenses and the prices of most drugs have increased by up to 20%, ”said Ranjan.
Abhishek Kumar, teacher and resident of Kankarbagh, said: “To maintain the household budget and our daily expenses, we eat daal and vegetables every other day. The prices of seasonal vegetables have increased by 40 to 50% in one month. While chana and arhar daal cost around Rs 105 / kg, mustard oil is Rs 185 and refined edibles cost Rs 170 / kg. The cost of a full LPG cylinder has gone from Rs720 before the pandemic to Rs998 without any subsidy, ”he said.
“As schools reopened, spending increased further. I am planning how to reduce expenses further to meet the additional financial burdens of paying tuition and transportation costs from November, ”Abhishek added.
Saloni Shrivastava, a housewife and resident of Khazanchi Road, said her family decided not to buy crackers and new clothes this Diwali. “Even in Dussehra, we didn’t spend any money to buy things or go out. Traveling is already expensive because even the fares of buses and cars have been increased. During the pandemic, my husband’s salary was reduced by 20%, instead of any annual increase, ”she said.
“To maintain the household budget, I cook only one vegetable for dinner and lunch. We have also reduced the daily consumption of milk from 2 liters to 1 liter per day. During the day, when no one is home, I only use a fan. When the kids come home from school, we change the fan and the light to one room where they can study and I can do my job. The electricity bill has also gone up. It is such a sad time for the middle income group, ”said Rajni Sharma, a resident of Jagganpura.
Binay Kumar, a resident of Patel Nagar, said the pinch could be felt as the cost of almost all essentials, be it cooking oil, milk, vegetables or rice, rose. . “As if the pandemic-induced wage cuts weren’t enough, we now have to deal with soaring prices for essentials. Previously I was spending Rs 700-800 on gasoline per month. Now it has increased to Rs 1,550 while the kitchen budget has reached Rs 4,500 to 5,000 per month, against Rs 1,800 to 2,200 previously, ”he said.


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