Addressing the workshop on ‘Converging the Divergence between Diesel and Petrol Prices’ here today, the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said that India has a long history of imposing taxes/duties on petroleum products viz petrol and diesel and these taxes/duties have been rationalised from time to time to insulate the domestic consumers for increase in price or to increase the revenue of the Government for developmental projects.
Highlighting the recommendation made by the Expert Group chaired by Dr. Kirit Parikh on converging the divergence between diesel and petrol prices, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said that apart for taxes/duties, others factors like technology, disruptive technology, renewable energy impact etc shall also be taken into consideration. He further said that once the petroleum products come into the ambit of GST, the issue of tax rate differentials will be automatically resolved. The Minister said that diesel is used for agricultural purpose and for public transport and these are the reasons why the taxes/duties on diesel are kept lower compared to petrol. He stressed that the low cost diesel is not meant for SUVs and cars. Read More…
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