‘Should be joint call of Centre, states’: FM Sitharaman on petrol, diesel prices


    ‘Must be joint call of Centre, states’: FM Sitharaman on gas, diesel costs

    Calling the inflated fuel price a ‘dharam sankat’ (dilemma) for the government, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the state and the Centre both make revenue on petroleum items and both sides ought to discuss it.

    When the Centre draws revenue, 41 percent of it goes to the state. This is a layered issue and therefore, I would like both state and Centre to discuss together,” said the Finance Minister while addressing a media question during the ‘Indian Ladies’s press corps’ event.

    As much as 60 percent of the market price of petrol, which has shot above Rs 100- mark in some places in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and is at an all-time high somewhere else in the nation, is made up of central and state taxes. Taxes make up for about 56 percent of the record high diesel rates.

    When asked if she had any conversation with states relating to the matter, the Financing Minister said, currently, she did not have any conversation with any state federal government.

    On the concern of bringing gas and diesel under the Goods and Solutions Tax (GST) routine, which will end the cascading impact of taxes and bring harmony, the finance minister said the call needs to be taken by the GST Council, the pinnacle decision-making body of the indirect tax program.

    Currently, the central government levies a set rate of excise responsibility while states impose different rates of BARREL. Under the GST, the two would merge and bring harmony, solving the issue of fuel rates being greater in states with greater VAT.

    Discussing the Union spending plan 2021, Sitharaman stated the federal government in the Spending plan, ensured to divide the stimulus to comprehend where it ought to be going.

    ” At the same time we also made certain that we utilised the chance that the pandemic presented us with by continuing with reforms,” she stated.

    She added that the federal government likewise brought a consistent photo of what it is going to perform in the next 20-25 years to benefit the Indian youth in this budget plan. “For the next 25 years, it is very important to have a policy-driven landscape to make sure that Indian youths’ talent is recognized in India. The Budget provides that landscape for business owners, services, by seeing India as a hub of production,” she added.

    When asked about Income Tax raids at the properties of starlet Tapsee Pannu, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and others, the Financing Minister said “When it (raids) takes place during a federal government, it was great, and when it happens during this government, it’s not. The exact same people were robbed in 2013 too, it wasn’t a concern, but it’s a problem now.”

    ( With firm inputs)

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