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Petrol prices still high in your city? Centre blames THESE for costly fuel

The minister said, currently the petrol price in India is one of the lowest. He said the oil marketing companies together suffered losses of Rs 27,276 crore due to high prices of crude in international markets.

  • Six non-BJP-ruled states - West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala, and Jharkhand - have not reduced the VAT on petroleum products.
  • Following Central govt. reduced in excise duty, states reduced their Value Added Tax (VAT).
  • Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday in Lok Sabha.

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New Delhi: Six non-BJP ruled states - West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala, and Jharkhand - have not reduced the VAT on petroleum products, leading to higher prices of petrol and diesel there, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday. Puri said in Lok Sabha that the central government has reduced excise duty on petroleum products and some other states, following cues, and reduced their Value Added Tax (VAT).

Six states - West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala, and Jharkhand - have not reduced the VAT, he said amidst vocal protests by the opposition members. The minister said, currently the petrol price in India is one of the lowest. He said the oil marketing companies together suffered losses of Rs 27,276 crore due to high prices of crude in international markets. (Also Read: Explained in PICS: RBI Digital Rupee Vs UPI-- check how both are different from each other)

I suggest MPs from the opposition impress upon their state governments to reduce the VAT so that they can also join the celebrations, he said. Puri said India imports more than 85 percent of its crude oil requirements. Therefore, the prices of petrol and diesel in the country are linked to their respective prices in the international market. (Also Read: 8-yr-old girl wants 'money for Mummy and Daddy' from Santa to repay debt; Read girl's heart-wrenching letter here)

He said the retail prices of petrol and diesel depend on various factors like crude oil purchase price, exchange rate, shipping charges, inland freight, refinery margin, dealer commission, central taxes, state VAT, and other cost elements.

While the average price of the Indian basket of Crude oil increased by 102 percent (from USD 43.34 to USD 87.55) between November 2020 and November 2022, the retail prices of Petrol and Diesel have increased in India by only 18.95 percent and 26.5 percent during this period respectively.

The minister said prices of petrol and diesel have not been increased by public sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) since April 6, 2022, despite record-high international prices. As a result, against the combined 'Profit Before Tax' of Rs 28,360 Crore in H1 of the financial year 2021-22, the three OMCs IOCL, BPCL and HPCL have booked a combined loss of Rs 27,276 Crore in H1 of the current financial year 2022-23, he said.

Puri said to insulate Indian consumers from the impact of high international crude oil prices, the central government reduced the central excise duty twice on November 21, 2021, and May 22, 2022, effecting a cumulative reduction of Rs 13 and Rs 16 per litre for petrol and diesel respectively, which was fully passed on to the consumers.

Following these reductions in central excise duty, some of the States and UTs also reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) rates on petrol and diesel. The minister said India imports more than 60 percent of its domestic LPG consumption. The price of LPG in the country is based on the Saudi Contract Price (SPC), the benchmark for the international price of LPG.