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Rs 1 cut on fuel taxes to cost govt Rs 600crore

THE ASIAN AGE. | UMAKANT DESHPANDE
Published : May 25, 2018, 5:41 am IST
Updated : May 25, 2018, 5:53 am IST

Maharashtra government levies 25 per cent VAT on petrol and 21 per cent on diesel in Mumbai.

Congress protested at Kalina Highway (Photo: Mrugesh Bandiwadekar)
 Congress protested at Kalina Highway (Photo: Mrugesh Bandiwadekar)

Mumbai: Amid protests by opposition parties in Mumbai and Thane, pressure is mounting on the state government to reduce taxes on fuel to give relief to the common man.

However, the state government will have to bear a Rs 600 crore burden if it seeks to reduce the price of petrol and diesel by Rs 1 per litre.

 

Taxes on fuel are among the highest in Maharashtra, which is why fuel in the state is the costliest in the country.

The state government levies 25 per cent VAT on petrol and 21 per cent on diesel in Mumbai and 1 per cent more in the rest of Maharashtra, giving it revenue of more than Rs 19,000 per annum.

When fuel prices started rising last year before the Gujarat Assembly elections, the Union government took measures and accordingly asked state governments, too, to reduce taxes.

In response, Maharashtra reduced taxes by Rs 2 per litre on diesel and Rs 1 per litre on petrol on October 10, 2017, resulting in a loss in revenue of around Rs 940 crores due to diesel and Rs 1075 crores due to petrol and a total loss of Rs 3067 crores, said senior officers of the finance department.

 

Once again, fuel prices are rising rapidly, causing the common man to suffer. So, opposition parties are slamming the BJP, demanding that taxes on fuel be slashed.

Former chief minister Prithiviraj Chavan demanded, “BJP was always slamming the Congress government on the fuel price rise issue. It should now bring down the rates of petrol and diesel at least to the 2014 mark which was there during the Congress regime. At that time, international market rates were more as compared to today’s rates. Still, domestic rates are very high due to taxation by the Union and state government.”

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik, while slamming the BJP government, said, “The government is looting the people through taxation by the Union and state governments. The Union government applied GST. Now, it should bring fuel prices under GST.”

 

The CM remained unavailable for comment despite attempts to contact him.

Tags: gujarat assembly, prithiviraj chavan, nawab malik