Not right time to discuss tax cuts on petrol, diesel: Dharmendra Pradhan

“At present, the earning is less. We cannot compromise on the expenditure. The expenditure of health sector has increased,"
The comments from the minister comes when prices of fuel in some of the states have crossed Rs 100 per litre," the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas said.

Pointing to the increased expenditure in the health sector in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, said on Monday that it was not the right time to discuss a cut in taxes of petrol and diesel.

“At present, the earning is less. We cannot compromise on the expenditure. The expenditure of health sector has increased. We do not have any shortcuts… Welfare and development activities, essential investment, spending, have to be done. So be it state government or Government of India, this is not the right time to discuss about tax, as the expenditures have gone up,” Pradhan said responding to questions from media persons about a possible cut in taxes of petrol and diesel.

The comments from the minister comes when prices of fuel in some of the states have crossed Rs 100 per litre.

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When asked if the government was considering to bring petrol and diesel under GST, the Union minister said, “Till the time, there is no consensus in the GST council… I as secretary incharge can say this should happen, but its decision rests on the GST council. Be it excise or petroleum, these are revenue earning windows for government.”

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