Bengal Government To Cut Tax By Re 1 Per Litre On Petrol, Diesel from Feb. 22 Midnight
Unleaded fuel drips from a hose at a petrol pump. (Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg)

Bengal Government To Cut Tax By Re 1 Per Litre On Petrol, Diesel from Feb. 22 Midnight

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The West Bengal government on Sunday announced a reduction of tax by Re 1 per litre on petrol and diesel effective from midnight of Feb. 22.

State Finance Minister Amit Mitra said the move will provide some respite to people stung by burgeoning prices of fuel.

"The Centre earned Rs 32.90 per litre in taxes from petrol (on Feb. 20), while the state got around Rs 18.46 only. In case of diesel, the central government's earning was Rs 31.80 per litre as against about Rs 12.77 for the state," Mitra said.

He also alleged that the Centre had imposed cess to avoid devolution with states, which is "against the characteristics of federalism".

Also read: Sonia Gandhi Writes To Modi Over ‘Unsustainable’ Rise In Fuel Prices  

To a question, Mitra said the Union government should reintroduce the planning commission.

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