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Feb 1, 2013

Diesel Prices will be Hiked every Month

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M. Veerappa Moily
Minister for Oil M. Veerappa Moily, said that diesel prices will be hiked by 40 -50 Paisa per liter every month, till losses on the nation’s most used fuel are completely wiped out.

On January 17th the Government decided to deregulate oil prices from state control, and the powers were given to state owned oil firms. The firms may raise the prices in small measures every month, till all their losses are cleared.

The minister also added that the decision to raise diesel prices in small doses every month will stand until further orders. The decision for retail price hike was coupled with a move to charge bulk consumers like defense, railways and state transport undertakings market price which is almost Rs.10 a liter more than retail selling rate, to save an estimated Rs.12,907 crore in annual subsidy.

The states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala asked their public transport people to refuel at petrol pumps instead of buying diesel from oil firms directly, as they are doing till now. Doing so they will avoid paying the market price mandated for them.

Moily said this point has come to his view and suggested that, instead of doing so, the states should reduce local sales tax and VAT on diesel to cut prices.


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