West Bengal Govt Reduces Tax by Re 1 Per Lite on Petrol, Diesel

A worker holds a nozzle to pump petrol into a vehicle at a fuel station. (File photo / Reuters)

He also alleged that the center had imposed cess to avoid devolution with states, which is “against the characteristics of federalism”.

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  • Last Updated: February 21, 2021, 17:08 IST
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The West Bengal government on Sunday announced a reduction of tax by Re 1 per liter on petrol and diesel effective from midnight. State Finance Minister Amit Mitra said the move will provide some respite to people stung by burgeoning prices of fuel.

“The center earns Rs 32.90 per liter in taxes from petrol, while the state gets Rs 18.46 only. In case of diesel, the central government’s earning is Rs 31.80 per liter as against Rs 12.77 for the state,” Mitra said. He also alleged that the center had imposed cess to avoid devolution with states, which is “against the characteristics of federalism”.

To a question, Mitra said the Union government should reintroduce the planning commission.

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