In West Bengal, petrol and diesel price relaxation is applicable from midnight of 21 February. The West Bengal government on Sunday announced a reduction of tax by Re 1 per litre on petrol and diesel.
As per the ANI reports, The Finance Minister of West Bengal, Amit Mitra said that a Re 1 price cut of petrol and diesel is decided by the government and shall be applicable from the midnight of 21st Feb.”
Accordingly, in West Bengal, petrol and diesel price discounts will be applicable from midnight of 21 February. It is noteworthy that on 22nd February, in Kolkata petrol price was recorded at Rs 91.78 per liter, while diesel was priced at Rs 84.56 per liter.
The ruling Trinamool Congress in the electoral state of West Bengal has been highly critical of the central government’s decision not to declare an exemption on the fuel price as a tax deduction.
Amit Mitra, the State Finance Minister said- ‘This small move will give a sigh of relief to some people due to the increase in petrol & diesel prices.
He alleged that – “Center imposed a cess to avoid deviations with states, which are against the characteristics of federalism”.
Fuel prices have been rising across the country for almost two weeks, making a hole in the pocket of the common men. The hike remains stable but firmly in line with the global oil market.
Petrol has touched the “Rs 90” level in New Delhi, retailing Rs 90.58 per liter and diesel being sold at Rs 80.97 per liter. Meanwhile, the price of petrol in Mumbai is about to touch the three-digit mark, currently, petrol is Rs 97 per liter, while diesel costs Rs 88.06 per liter.
The officials and Oil company executives indicated that the fuel prices could rise further in the coming weeks as OMCs have to balance the retail prices in line with global growth to avoid losses on auto fuel sales.
If the reports are to be believed, the top officials of the PMO, Department of Revenue, and Oil Ministry reviewed the excise duty last week. The Finance Ministry will take a final decision in the coming days.
Fuel prices have been rising continuously for more than 10 days now. In fact in some states the price have reached a mark to make a century.
We are hoping to see more of these kinds of stunts for the West Bengal election.