Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan spoke to the media on fuel prices, reiterating his stand on bringing the fuels under the GST ambit. He said, “I want petrol and diesel to come under the ambit of GST. The GST Council should take a decision on this.” The minister clearly shifted the onus for bringing about the change on the state governments, Pradhan said, “The state governments are more powerful than the Centre in GST Council meeting.
He also called out the Odisha government to follow suit of the other state governments and reduce VAT on both petrol and diesel. He said, “I request Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to reduce VAT on petrol & diesel like other state governments.
The Central Government had already deducted excise duty on petrol and diesel a few months ago.” Pradhan has, all this while, maintained that the Government was concerned about the fuel prices and was working on a long-term solution.
He has also repeatedly asked the state governments to tax petrol and diesel within a reasonable and responsible band and not “continue to reap a bonanza from rising oil prices”. Read More
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