Bhubaneswar: Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday suggested the Odisha government to cut down taxes on fuel in order to bring its prices under control across the state.
This apart, he also lambasted Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik for allegedly adopting casual attitude towards various corruption charges against his party members.
“Many states in the country have slashed Value Added Tax (VAT) on fuel and the Odisha Government should follow their footsteps.”
“If the rate of crude oil increases in international market, the states actually get the benefit,” Mr Pradhan said.
In 2014, the Odisha government was collecting less than Rs 3,000 crore tax from fuel and now it has increased to Rs 7,000 crore. Therefore, state CM Naveen Patnaik should cut the tax on fuel,” Mr Pradhan added.