Expressing concern over the continuous
rise in fuel prices, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on
Monday 17 September 2018 said that petrol and diesel should come under the
ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
"I want petrol and diesel to come
under the ambit of GST. The GST Council should take a decision on this. State
governments are more powerful than the Centre in the GST Council meeting,"
He further urged Odisha Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik to "reduce VAT on petrol and diesel like other state
The minister added that "central
government had already deducted excise duty on petrol and diesel a few months
Fuel prices continue to rise daily across India.
In New Delhi, petrol is now being sold at Rs 82.06 per litre (increased by Rs
0.15 per litre), while the price of diesel has been hiked by Rs 0.6 per litre
to Rs 73.78 per litre.
In Mumbai, the petrol price is close to touching
Rs 90 per litre, while diesel is being sold at Rs 78.33 per litre.
Pradhan was in Jharsuguda to review the
preparations ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to inaugurate various infrastructure development
projects in Odisha.