Cong de­mands white paper on fuel taxes

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New Delhi: The main Op­po­si­tion party, the Congress, on Fri­day de­manded a white paper on taxes levied on fu­els and the gains ac­crued by the gov­ern­ment even af­ter declar­ing the open mar­ket pol­icy. Party spokesper­son Ajay Maken said in every 100 ru­pees Rs 51.78 went in taxes for petrol and Rs 44.40 for diesel. The Congress is plan­ning a coun­try­wide ag­i­ta­tion from Septem­ber 20 against heavy taxes on the fuel. The ag­i­ta­tion will be­gin by start­ing a sig­na­ture cam­paign at petrol pumps from Septem­ber 17 and launch­ing a big protest on Septem­ber 20 in the na­tional Cap­i­tal.

“We fight for the peo­ple, tooth and nail, un­til this dra­co­nian tax­a­tion regime is with­drawn,” Maken said. He al­leged the in­crease in ex­cise duty of Petrol since May 2014 is 133.47 per cent, and the same on diesel is 400.86 per cent af­ter the cen­tral ex­cise duty was hiked 11 times since the BJP came to power.

He said while in­ter­na­tional crude oil prices came down by more than 52 per cent since the Modi gov­ern­ment took over on May 26, 2014, petrol prices sky­rock­eted to a three-year high. He also said that to­tal con­tri­bu­tion of pe­tro­leum to the Cen­tral and state ex­che­quers would touch Rs 5.24 lakh crore in 2016-17.

Maken said on Au­gust 2, 2017, the BJP Gov­ern­ment de­cided to in­crease the dealer com­mis­sion on petrol by Re 1 per litre and on diesel 72 paise per litre, and the cost was passed on to the con­sumers.

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