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Petrol hits Rs 74.40 a litre, its highest under Modi; diesel at record high

Petrol in the national capital now costs Rs 74.40 a litre, the highest since September 14, 2013, when rates had hit Rs 76.06; diesel price at Rs 65.65 is the highest ever

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Excise duty on fuel may be cut by Rs 1-1.5 to ease retail prices of petrol
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Petrol price on Sunday hit Rs 74.40 a litre, the highest level under the BJP-led government, while diesel rates touched a record high of Rs 65.65, renewing calls for a cut in excise duty to ease the burden on consumers. 

firms, which have been since June last year revising auto fuel prices daily, on Sunday raised petrol and diesel rates by 19 paisa per litre each in Delhi, according to a price notification.

The hike, necessitated due to firming international oil prices, comes on the back of a 13 paisa increase in rates of petrol effected on Saturday and a 15 paisa hike in diesel, it said. 

Petrol in the national capital now costs Rs 74.40 a litre, the highest since September 14, 2013, when rates had hit Rs 76.06. Diesel price at Rs 65.65 is the highest ever.
 

The had earlier this year sought a reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel to cushion the impact arising out of international but in his Budget presented on February 1 made no concessions.

has the highest retail prices of petrol and diesel among South Asian nations as taxes account for half of the pump rates.

Jaitley had raised excise duty nine times between November 2014 and January 2016 to shore up finances as global fell, but then cut the tax just once in October last year by Rs 2 a litre.

Subsequent to that excise duty reduction, the Centre had asked states to also lower VAT but just four of them -- Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and -- reduced rates while others, including BJP-ruled ones, ignored the call.
 

The had cut excise duty by Rs 2 per litre in October 2017, when petrol price reached Rs 70.88 per litre in Delhi and diesel Rs. 59.14.

Because of the reduction in excise duty, diesel prices had on October 4, 2017, came down to Rs 56.89 per litre and petrol to Rs 68.38 per litre. However, a global rally in crude prices pushed domestic fuel prices far higher than those levels.

The October 2017 excise duty cut cost the government Rs 260 billion (Rs 26,000 crore) in annual revenue and about Rs 130 billion (Rs 13,000 crore) during the remaining part of the current financial year.
 

The government had between November 2014 and January 2016 raised excise duty on petrol and diesel on nine occasions to take away gains arising from plummeting global

In all, duty on petrol rate was hiked by Rs 11.77 per litre and that on diesel by 13.47 a litre in those 15 months that helped government's excise mop up more than double to Rs 2.42 trillion (Rs 2,42,000 crore) in 2016-17 from Rs 990 billion (Rs 99,000 crore) in 2014-15.

companies -- Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, and -- in June last year dumped the 15-year old practice of revising rates on the 1st and 16th of every month. Instead, they adopted a daily price revision system to instantly reflect changes in cost. Since then, prices are revised on a daily basis.  

First Published: Sun, April 22 2018. 09:39 IST
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