Increase in Excise duty, VAT on fuel prices : Randeep singh
Congress general clerk Randeep Singh Surjewala on Friday dubbed the” rapid fire and repeated backbreaking increase“in the excise duty and Handbasket on petrol and diesel in history as”Jizyah duty“by the Narendra Modi government at the centre and ML Khattar- led government in Haryana.
Mr Surjewala made the assertion amid colorfulnon-BJP-ruled countries refusing to slash the Handbasket to further lower the energy prices in the wake of the Centre lowering its excise duty on petrol and diesel by ₹ 5 and ₹ 10 independently with colorful BJP- ruled countries lowering Handbasket on them.
“The rapid-fire and repeated backbreaking increase in excise duty and State Handbasket on the two energies are Jizyah Tax by Modi and Khattar governments,”he said in a statement.
Jizyah was a duty system in countries governed by Islamic law.
“In the first nine months of the time 2021 alone, petrol price was increased by ₹ 28 per litre and diesel price by ₹ 26 per litre. Reduction in the price of petrol and diesel by ₹ 5 and ₹ 10 per litre independently is being tom-tommed as a Diwali gift. This is a clear deception,”Mr Surjewala said in a statement.
“During the former Congress government up till October 2014, Handbasket on diesel in Haryana was8.8 per cent. Post-reduction and indeed on date, Handbasket in Haryana is 18 per cent and fresh Handbasket in the state is five per cent. This is a clear increase of over 100 per cent. Indeed after the so– called reduction of Handbasket on November 4, 2021, the Handbasket on petrol is18.20 per cent and fresh Handbasket is 5 per cent,”he added.
“Will the brace of Khattar-Dushyant Chautala answer people for this brazen-faced spoil by their government?”he asked.
The Haryana government had blazoned a reduction in Handbasket on the energies on Thursday, making them cheaper in the BJP-JJP- ruled state by ₹ 12 per litre.
On Wednesday, the central government had blazoned a cut in the excise duty on petrol and diesel by ₹ 5 and ₹ 10 independently, bringing down their retail rates from record highs.
In reality, the Khattar government doesn’t want to pass on the benefit of reduction in crude canvas prices to the people of Haryana, he said.
“The Khattar government is tattling out dishonesty by indulging in faking of figures. The Haryana government has purportedly reduced the Handbasket on petrol by6.5 per cent but put a rider of maximum reduction of ₹1.12 only,”Mr Surjewala claimed. Increase in Excise duty, VAT on fuel prices
“In the case of diesel, it’s indeed more interesting. The Khattar government has purportedly reduced Handbasket on diesel by0.40 per cent but increased the maximum Handbasket quantum from ₹10.08 per litre to ₹11.86 per litre,”he claimed.
Mr Surjewala, who’s also a former Haryana minister, asked the Khattar government to explain the reason or the sense for confining the reduction in maximum Handbasket relief to ₹1.12 per litre and adding, rather of reducing, the maximum Handbasket quantum on diesel by ₹1.78 per litre.
“The reason is clear-whenever the crude canvas prices will fall, Khattar government will profiteer and people of Haryana will get no benefit. But if the crude canvas prices were to increase, the burden of the same shall be put on the people of the state. This is particularly a draconiananti-farmer measure,”he contended.
Meanwhile, a Haryana government statement on Friday said after the state reduced Handbasket on petrol and diesel, the price of petrol has come down from ₹106.94 to ₹95.27 per litre in the entire state.
Also, the diesel price has come down from ₹98.60 to ₹86.51.
“Petrol and diesel prices are still advanced in other countries as compared to Haryana. In Punjab, petrol is ₹105.02 per litre, in Delhi the price of petrol is ₹103.97 per litre. Also, petrol in Himachal Pradesh is ₹96.06 per litre,”the government statement said.
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