Petrol, Diesel prices hiked again, rates at record high

10 September, 2018, 15:13 | Author: Eric Barnett
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Since mid-August, petrol price has risen by over Rs 3.5 a litre and diesel by about Rs 4 per litre as rupee hit record low against the U.S. dollar, making imports costlier. The increase in fuel prices again on Monday comes amid a call for nation-wide bandh by opposition parties today.

Consumers of petrol and diesel saw the steepest hike in prices on Friday after the price revision started on a daily basis from May 1 onwards.

The soaring prices are continuing to burn a hole in the pockets of commuters, one of whom feels he may have to avail bank loans to pay for fuel. "Now, the crude oil costs $70 per barrel, but the Centre is increasing the petrol and diesel prices abnormally every day", he said.

The petrol prices has gone up by around 5% since August 1, while diesel prices has gone up by 7% during the same period. The government is yet to disclose such a strategy.


Meanwhile, the increase pushed the petrol price in Delhi to Rs 80.38 per litre.

The prices continued to rise in other metro cities of India too. In Chennai, petrol costs Rs 83.91 and diesel Rs 76.98. However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley denied the request saying global oil prices volatile and haven't shown any linear movement. The opposition has demanded the central government to cut excise duty on fuel prices.

The VAT on petrol has been reduced from 30 to 26 per cent and from 22 to 18 per cent on diesel, Rajasthan Chief Minister Raje announced at a public gathering in Rawatsar in Hanumangarh district on Sunday. This led to its excise collections from petro goods more than doubling in the last four years - from Rs 99,184 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 2,29,019 crore in 2017-18. States saw their Value-Added Tax revenue from petro goods rise from Rs 1,37,157 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 1,84,091 crore in 2017-18.

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