Clearly indicating that the Modi regime is nothing to do with regard to check the alarming level of rise in fuel prices, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today suggested that petrol and diesel should come under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
“I want petrol and diesel to come under the ambit of GST. The GST Council should take a decision on this. State governments are more powerful than the Centre in the GST Council meeting,” Pradhan said.
Stating that already the central government had already deducted excise duty on petrol and diesel a few months ago, he said now the ball is in the court of state governments. Petrol and diesel prices have gone up every day since August 16. The prices of petrol and diesel are at an all-time high across the country. In Delhi, petrol sells today, September 17 at Rs 82.06 per litre 15 paise up from yesterday.
Prices are highest in Maharashtra, where petrol prices have breached Rs 90 mark in a few places. In the east, petrol costs about Rs 84 in Kolkata while in the south, people have to pay more than Rs 85 for a litre in Chennai. However, despite the sudden rise in petrol and diesel prices leading to tremendous pressure build-up on the government to cut excise duty, there is no indication that the oil prices will come down on an intervention from the Modi regime.