The Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association launched a two-day strike in response to the high value-added tax rate. The strike aims to lower fuel prices in Rajasthan, which began on Wednesday and continued on Thursday, involving over 5,700 independently owned fuel pumps. The association has made the strike public and association has continued the strike on September 15 as well since the state government has not taken any action.
Rajasthan has the most expensive petrol and diesel, with Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, currently having the highest fuel prices. One liter of petrol costs Rs 112.74, and one liter of diesel costs Rs 97.57. In 16 states, petrol prices have exceeded Rs. 100 per liter, while diesel prices in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Odisha are above Rs. 100 per liter.
Rajasthan’s Petrol Pump Dealers on Strike?
According to the President of the Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association, “the state’s high fuel VAT rates were the driving force behind the call for a strike at the petrol pumps.”
Two days strikes of Petrol Pump Dealers
In response to the Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association’s strike over the high value-added tax rate on fuels, petrol and diesel stations throughout Rajasthan remained closed on Wednesday and Thursday. According to Rajendra Singh Bhati, state president of the Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association, fuel stations stayed sealed on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 6 PM.
More than 5,700 independently owned fuel pumps took part in the two-day strike, according to the president of the Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association. Since most people seemed unaware of the two-day strike, there was a crowd at many petrol stations on Wednesday morning. Petrol pumps were jammed on Thursday as well.
As per the statement of Rajendra Singh Bhati, full day strike has started from September 15 as state government has not taken any action.
What Requests Do They Make?
They made the strike public by the state’s petroleum dealers in response to their demand for lower value-added taxes. According to the association, The protest will aim to get the government to lower diesel prices in Rajasthan, which are typically higher than those in neighboring states due to changes in Value Added Tax (VAT) rates.
In light of these changes, it’s important to remember that the last nationwide revision occurred on May 21, 2022, when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lowered the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 8 and 10 per liter. Prices for fuel and diesel have remained stable since then.
Rajasthan has the most expensive petrol and diesel
The cost of petroleum products has been rising, and Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, currently has the highest fuel prices. One liter of petrol now costs Rs 112.74, and one liter of diesel costs Rs 97.57. With gasoline costing Rs 84.10 per liter and diesel costing Rs 79.74 per liter, Port Blair has the lowest cost of these fuels.
Sixteen states have petrol prices above 100 rupees
In 16 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and West Bengal, the price of petrol exceeded Rs. 100 per liter. Similarly, diesel costs more than Rs. 100 per liter in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Odisha.
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