VAT on diesel not to be hiked,says Jharkhand CM

By Abha Manakatala - Fri Sep 18, 6:12 am

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Reacting to the threat of agitation by transporters against his government’s decision to hike the Value Added Tax on diesel and petrol,Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today announced withdrawal of the increased VAT on diesel.

“The government is conscious about the people’s stand.We will not hike the rate of VAT on diesel”,said Das in a statement on Thursday adding that the increased rate of VAT on petrol will come into effect as per the decision taken by the state Cabinet on Monday.

In fact,soon after the state Cabinet took the decision to increase petrol and diesel prices by 11 per cent on Wednesday,the Jharkhand Petroleum Dealers Association, Jharkhand Truck Association and political parties threatened to launch agitation,especially against diesel.

As such Das said that the hike of VAT on petrol will be made effective.After the new taxes, petrol will get costlier by Rs.4.54 per litre.And diesel which was to become costlier by Rs.4.21 per litre will continue to be sold at Rs47.41 per litre.

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