Fuel price continues to rise, petrol up by 38 paise
Fuel price continues to rise, petrol up by 38 paise
Fuel prices record 13 revisions since last November
27 May, 2018, 00:34
Petrol prices in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai have already reached unprecendent levels, and are now setting a new benchmark every other day.
The Narendra Modi-led government cut the excise duty on fuels by Rs 2 a litre last October.
"Central government saves Rs 15 on every litre of petrol due to fall in crude oil prices".
The petrol price in India's financial capital Mumbai touched Rs 84.99 a litre on Wednesday. The central government levies Rs 19.48 excise duty on a litre of petrol and Rs 15.33 on diesel.
Fumed over the price hike, locals in Bhopal asked the government to reduce the prices.
While HPCL, another state-owned OMC, recorded a drop of 4 per cent in its March quarter profit, the overall FY18 net profit was highest ever for the company at Rs 6,357 crore.
Diesel prices across metros on May 23
Bhutan is also expected to experience hikes in fuel prices. Petrol and diesel prices were raised for the 11th day in succession today as the state-owned oil firms gradually passed on to the consumer the increased cost of global oil that had accumulated since a 19-day freeze was imposed just before Karnataka elections. In Delhi, petrol costs Rs 77.17 a litre and diesel costs Rs 68.34 a litre.
Modi government's accountability is far greater than the previous UPA government because during the fag end of Manmohan Singh's second term, the worldwide oil prices had touched $150 a barrel, nearly double than today's prices.
"The oil price has increased by $30 a barrel since last July as a result of OPEC (the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and Russian Federation limiting production to reduce an oversupplied market".
Also, the government does not want to tinker with the autonomy given to oil PSUs to revise rates daily in line with the cost. We are trying to build a consensus in GST Council on bringing petroleum under GST. Until June 2015, the government subsidised India's oil refiners and marketers such as Indian Oil, HPCL and BPCL. It remains to be seen whether the common man will get a short-term relief or maybe a long term.
Earlier, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan assured the public that the government will soon take out a solution to tackle the situation. Failure to do so will severely dent Modi's Mission 2019.
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