Rajasthan Politics: In Jaipur, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has hit back at the statement of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. He said that the average rate of petrol in the country is Rs 96 72 paise, while the highest rate per liter in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan is Rs 113 34 paise. He advised Chief Minister Gehlot to look inside his own heart. The Union Minister said that energy consumption is increasing in the country. The demand is three times higher than the world average. Therefore we have to import 80-85 percent crude oil. He said that the prices of crude oil are decided at the international level. Let us tell you that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had taken the central government to task for imposing higher tax on petrol and diesel.
Petroleum Minister hits back at CM Gehlot
Minister Hardeep Puri said that in the last 2 years, the Rajasthan government has collected tax of Rs 35975 crore on petrol and diesel till November 2021-22 and 2022-23. Whereas when compared with other 18 states, the tax of Rajasthan alone is very high. The tax collection of 18 states including Delhi, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Ladakh, Daman-Diu, Jammu and Kashmir is Rs 32597 crore. Till November 2023, the VAT rate on petrol in Rajasthan is 31.04 percent and on diesel is 19.03 percent.
Because of that, today the rate of petrol in Jaipur is Rs 108 48 paise per liter, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat it is Rs 96 63 paise per liter and in Lucknow it is Rs 96 53 paise. In Jaipur, it is 11 rupees 85 paise more than in Gandhinagar and by 11 rupees 91 paise more than in Lucknow. Diesel price in Jaipur today is Rs 93.72 per liter. The price of diesel in Gandhinagar, Gujarat is Rs 88.03 per liter. It is cheaper by Rs 5 and 78 paise compared to Rajasthan.
Citing figures, he asked where is the tax more?
Hardeep Puri said that it can be understood from the figures where taxes are high and the Chief Minister of Rajasthan blames the Central Government. The Union Minister claimed that the price of petrol in India has decreased by 11.8 percent in the last two years. From November 2021 to November 2023, the price of petrol declined by 11.8 percent. The price of petrol in the country was Rs 109 70 paise in 2021 and now it is Rs 96.72. Whereas in Pakistan the price of petrol increased by 41 percent.
It has increased by more than 24 percent in Bangladesh, 54 percent in Sri Lanka and almost 30 percent in Nepal. Same is the situation with the price of diesel also. The price of diesel in India has decreased by 8.9 percent in the last two years. Whereas in Pakistan it has increased by 53.06 percent, in Bangladesh by 118.03 percent, in Sri Lanka by 54.3 percent and in Nepal by 41.2 percent. Apart from South Asian countries, it has increased by 7.04 percent in Britain, by 21.02 percent in America and by 11.02 percent in Italy.
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