Bengal announces additional Re 1 subsidy on diesel
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Last Updated: Monday, August 16, 2010, 23:55
Kolkata: Facing a strike threat from transport operators, who want a fare hike to offset rise in diesel prices, the West Bengal government today announced an additional subsidy of Rupee one per litre on diesel, bringing the total subsidy on it to Rs two.

"Earlier, we had announced a subsidy of one rupee on a litre of diesel. Today, after a meeting with the chief minister and transport minister, we have decided to give an additional subsidy of one rupee. So the subsidy per litre will be Rs two," Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta told newsmen.

Dasgupta expressed hope that the transport operators would not insist on a fare hike following the rise in subsidy.

He said the subsidy would also be applicable to diesel used for running irrigation pumps.

Subsidy to the transport operators would be directly credited to their bank accounts on production of the fuel bill to the Transport Department through the respective Route Transport Authorities.

Farmers would get their fuel subsidies in cash on production of their fuel bills to the District Agriculture Officers, he said.


First Published: Monday, August 16, 2010, 23:55

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