Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region -

The govern­ment’s re­cent de­ci­sion of re­duc­ing ex­cise duty on petrol and diesel is good but it seems mo­ti­vated by elec­tions in Gu­jarat and Hi­machal Pradesh. If this is not true, why is the Cen­tre not telling the chief min­is­ters of BJP-ruled states such as Haryana, Ra­jasthan, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Mad­hya Pradesh, Ch­hat­tis­garh, Goa, Ut­tarak­hand, Ut­tar Pradesh and As­sam to re­duce taxes on fuel. ‘Modi­nomics’ also seems in­ef­fec­tive as he has been un­able to teach his party’s chief min­is­ters how not to de­pend heav­ily on taxes from pe­tro­leum prod­ucts. That’s be­cause the PM and his fi­nance min­is­ter do not know. If the PM or­ders his party’s CMs to re­duce state taxes on petrol and diesel, it will be a huge re­lief to most peo­ple be­cause the BJP rules most states. Our rulers must re­mem­ber that it is not the amount of tax col­lected that brings a change, it is how the col­lected amount is spent that does. If th­ese taxes are not spent prop­erly, even col­lect­ing 100 times more tax will be of no use. Sumeet Seth

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