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Maharashtra cuts VAT on petrol, diesel; Sena seeks more relief

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Petrol will be cheaper by Rs 2 and diesel by Re 1 per litre across from midnight today after the state reduced the value-added (VAT) on the fuels.

Making the announcement about VAT reduction on petrol and diesel today, Minister termed it as a "gift" to people of the state.

The revised rates will be applicable from midnight today, he said.

"The chief minister has approved a proposal to reduce the VAT on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 and Re 1 a litre, respectively. This is our gift to the masses," Mungantiwar told PTI.

He said the decision will cause an annual loss of Rs 2,000 crore to the state exchequer.

"The is ready to bear the additional financial burden despite Maharashtra's economy not being in a good shape," he said.

Reacting to the government's decision, the said there is a scope for further reduction in the prices of petrol and diesel, while other opposition parties termed the move as an "eyewash".

"This (fuel price cut) was very essential. However, the prices can be further reduced. Instead of making an one- time announcement and later increasing (the rates) again, the should be more transparent.

"The government should come out with a roadmap, detailing the quantum of fuel price cut it was planning in the next one year," Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party is part of the BJP-led ruling coalition in the state.

Congress chief Ashok Chavan said the reduction is just an "eyewash" and reflects "poor" financial management of the Devendra Fadnavis government.

"The price of crude oil (in global market) is around USD 50 a barrel. Going by this, the should not be more than Rs 40 a litre," Chavan said.

"This reduction hardly means anything. Fuel prices should be drastically slashed," the former chief minister added.

The NCP termed the VAT reduction as "minor" and said it was like giving "alms" to people.

Party leader Nawab Malik said, "We have been demanding that the government (must) stop the loot of people. Instead of doing that, the government is giving alms to people which they don't need".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 19:02 IST