Petrol touches Rs.90.11/litre in Maharashtra’s Parbhani

Petrol touches Rs.90.11/litre in Maharashtra’s Parbhani

(Delhi - Rs 72.83; Mumbai - Rs 77.32; Chennai - Rs 76.98; Kolkata - Rs 75.68.) The petrol price on September 10 is Rs 84.06 a litre, which is higher than in all metros except Mumbai (where the price is Rs 88.12 on the day.). Till May 31, when the LDF government effected a slight cut in the sales tax on petrol and diesel, Kerala's was the sixth highest sales tax levy on both petrol and diesel.

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday blamed Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the surge in worldwide prices of crude and said that the solution for the fuel price hike in not in government hands.

The tax ratio can be raised not by increasing rates but by bringing evaders and non-filers in tax net.

So, Naidu can claim credit for both the reductions saying that he had taken a decision and also forced the Centre to come down on its knees, since the public have been suffering due to steep raise of petrol and they resorted to staging protests across the State on Monday. According to petroleum dealers in the State, compared to Friday's price, petrol on Saturday cost 41 paise more while diesel price rose 48 paise a litre. "It would remove a lot of discrepancies that happen when different states have different rates", said an oil industry official. Of this, 50 per cent is non-oil and 50 per cent is oil. The state's share now works out to Rs 23.

Also, states levy Value-Added Tax and this has increased their profits. "We have given income tax relief to the tune of Rs 98,000 crore and also Rs 80,000 crore on account of GST rate cuts on 334 commodities", he said.

AAP leaders staged a protest at Delhi's Jantar Mantar against the fuel price hike.

The official said the four states, which have supported Bharat Bandh, collect high taxes themselves. Diesel is being sold here at Rs 77.92 per litre.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley remained evasive on the issue of cutting down excise duty to cushion the spiralling petrol and diesel prices, adding that global oil prices are volatile and have not shown any linear movement.

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