FINANCE | Diesel prices soared a record high of Rs 61.74 per litre; petrol crosses Rs 71 per litre


Petrol price rose to Rs 71.18 per litre in Delhi on Monday, the highest since August 2014, according to daily fuel price list of state-owned oil firms.

Diesel prices soared to their highest level of Rs 61.74 per litre in Delhi. It is being sold at Rs 65.74 in Mumbai, where the local sales tax or VAT rates are higher.

Two the most traded benchmark crude globally have risen the most since December 2014 — Brent touched $70.05 a barrel last week and WTI reached $64.77.

The rally in oil prices has renewed calls to the government to cut excise duty to cushion burden on common man.

The BJP-led NDA government has during its tenure cut excise duty only once — by Rs 2 per litre in October 2017 when petrol price had reached Rs 70.88 per litre in Delhi and diesel was priced at Rs 59.14.

Because of the excise duty cut, diesel prices had on October 4, 2017 come down to Rs 56.89 and petrol to Rs 68.38. However, subsequent rally has wiped away all the gains and prices have touched new highs.

Last week, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan had responded to questions on whether the Centre would cut excise duty on the two fuel, by asking states to first cut VAT.

"Why don't you ask state governments to reduce first," he said on January 1 responding to reporters question on excise duty cuts. "Government of India reduced excise duty (in October last year). We are appealing to states to reduce VAT."

Some state governments had followed that excise duty cut with reduction in VAT. "Why Delhi government has not reduced VAT," he asked.

Price of petrol and diesel in Delhi is the lowest in all metros.


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