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Fuel prices rise by Rs 8.50 per litre during peak of Covid

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You May not have realised it, but your fuel bill silently increased by about 10 per cent in the past two months during the peak of the second Covid wave that disrupted millions of lives in the country.

Starting from a price line of Rs 90.40 a litre on May 1, petrol is now priced at Rs 98.81 a litre in the national capital, rising by a sharp Rs 8.41 per litre in the last 60 days. Similarly, diesel price in the capital also rose by Rs 8.45 per litre in the past two months to reach Rs 89.18 a litre in Delhi.

Though, oil companies gave respite to consumers on Wednesday, keeping fuel prices unchanged, the price pause has come after rates have been revised upwards in 32 out of 61 days between May and June to make retail rates touch new highs across the country.

Officials in oil companies put the consistent increase in fuel prices to development in global oil markets where both product and crude price have been firming up for past couple of months on demand rise amidst slowing of pandemic. However, closer look at fuel retail prices in India gives a picture that it is high level of taxes that is keeping fuel rate higher even in times when global oil prices are firm.

Global crude oil price is now hovering around $75 a barrel. It was over $80 a barrel in October 2018 but even the petrol prices hovered around Rs 80 a litre across the county. So, even with lower oil prices now, petrol prices have hit century and crossed it by a wider margin now in several parts of the country.

On Wednesday, oil marketing companies (OMCs) kept petrol, diesel retail rates unchanged, but officials said it might again rise in coming days and only way retail prices could be brought down in this period is by way of tax cuts by both the Centre and the states.

Fuel prices are already touching new highs everyday. Petrol price is most expensive in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar where it is now retailing at Rs 109.67 a litre. Even diesel in the city is priced at a high of Rs 102.12 a litre.

In the city of Mumbai, where petrol prices crossed Rs 100 mark for the first time ever on May 29, the fuel price reached new high of Rs 104.90 per litre on Tuesday. It remained at the same level on Wednesday. Diesel prices also increased in the city to reach Rs 96.72 a litre, the highest among metros.

With global crude prices also rising on a pick up demand and depleting inventories of world’s largest fuel guzzler – the US, retail prices of fuel in India is expected to firm up further in coming days. The benchmark Brent crude reached multi year high level of over $75 on ICE or Intercontinental Exchange.

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Delhiites suffered due to Kejriwal’s delayed decision on petrol prices: Manoj Tiwari

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday said had the Delhi government reduced VAT on fuel soon after the Centre’s decision to lower the prices of petrol and diesel, Delhiites’s hard-earned money would not have been wasted.

“Kejriwal looted the people of Delhi for 27 days! The late decision (on reducing VAT on petrol) has once again proved that he does not care about the people! Had the decision been taken 27 days ago, the people of Delhi would not have lost crores of rupees,” Tiwari said in a tweet in Hindi this afternoon.

Petrol prices in the national capital have fallen by Rs 8 per litre after the Delhi government cut down Value Added Tax (VAT) on the fuel to 19.40 per cent from earlier 30 per cent.

This decision was taken after the chief minister chaired a Cabinet meeting over the issue. Till now, the petrol is being sold at Rs 103.97 and new rates will come into effect from midnight.

Meanwhile, the diesel rate in Delhi stands at Rs 86.67. In Mumbai, which is having the highest fuel rates among metro cities, petrol is retailed at Rs 109.98 per litre while diesel is being sold at Rs 94.14 per litre.

On November 4, the Centre had reduced petrol and diesel rates by Rs 5 and Rs 10 per litre respectively. Post the move, the Opposition parties in Delhi have been urging the AAP-led state government to cut VAT on petrol by at least Rs 10 per litre.

Following the Central government’s announcement, as many as 25 states and Union Territories reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel to provide relief to consumers.

A majority of these states are either ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or its allies.

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Nov GST collection rises to over Rs 1.31 lakh Cr

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 India’s GST collection rose on both sequential and year-on-year basis in November.

Accordingly, the gross GST collection rose to Rs 1,31,526 crore last month.

This was the second straight month when the gross GST collection crossed Rs 1.30 lakh crore.

Besides, the GST revenue for November 2021 was 25 per cent higher than the corresponding period of last year and 27 per cent over the like month of 2019-20.

As per the Ministry of Finance, out of the total gross collection, CGST’s share was Rs 23,978 crore, SGST was Rs 31,127 crore, IGST about Rs 66,815 crore and Cess was Rs 9,606 crore.

“The GST revenues for November 2021 have been the second highest ever since the introduction of GST, second only to that in April 2021, which related to year-end revenues and higher than last month’s collection, which also included the impact of returns required to be filed quarterly,” the ministry said.

“This is very much in line with the trend in economic recovery.”

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Petrol prices cut by Rs 8/litre in Delhi

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Petrol prices in national capital fell by Rs 8 per litre on Wednesday after the Delhi government cut down Value Added Tax (VAT) on the fuel to 19.40 per cent from earlier 30 per cent.

New rates will come into effect from midnight.

This decision came after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired a Cabinet meeting this morning.

Currently, the petrol is being sold at Rs 103.97.

In early November, the Centre had reduced petrol and diesel rates by Rs 5 and Rs 10 per litre respectively. Post the move, the Opposition parties in Delhi have been urging the AAP-led state government to cut VAT on petrol by at least Rs 10 per litre.

In India, fuel prices differ from state to state depending on the local taxation (VAT) and freight charges. Besides, the central government charges an excise duty on auto fuels. After adding excise duty, dealer commission and VAT, the retail selling price of the petrol gets nearly doubled.

From June 2017 onwards, the petrol and diesel prices in India are being revised daily at 6 a.m. via the dynamic fuel price method. Earlier, this exercise used to take place every fortnight.

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