The Centre favours
including petroleum products in the ambit of GST but it would want a consensus
with the states before taking such a step, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday 19 December
2017. During the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram sought to know the union government’s position
on bringing petrol and diesel under the GST.
He also sought to know why the prices of petrol and diesel did not decline with
a fall in the global crude prices. Jaitley responded, saying that the UPA
in its draft GST bill had kept petrol out of its ambit as it knew that the
issue would be a deal-breaker between the Centre and the states. “Now you are
in the opposition and have a greater flexibility in changing your position,” he
He said the Centre favoured bringing petrol with the ambit of the GST. However,
it is only when the states demand it and a consensus is formed, it would be
done. Responding to the charge that petrol prices were not coming down in line
with global prices, Jaitley said it has to be kept in mind that a large number
of duties on these products were imposed by the states.