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would have an alround spiralling effect on commodity prices and transportation cost.
They were not impressed by the decision to raise the cap on LPG cylinder calling it is a political gimmicks.
Price of diesel, which was last revised on September 14 when it was hiked by a steep Rs 5.63 per litre, would raised in small dozes of 40-50 paise, excluding local levies like VAT, every month to make up for the whopping Rs 96,000 crore loss at current rates.
While the cut in petrol prices is likely to come into effect from midnight tonight, the increase in diesel rates may be effected over the weekend.
Sources said diesel price for bulk users in Delhi would be Rs 57.96 a litre and it would be revised on 1st and 16th of every month based on previous fortnight average oil cost. The same is the methodology followed for pricing of jet fuel (ATF).
Officials and ministers refused to call the CCPA's decision as deregulation but experts felt that this could be the beginning of such a course.
Moily said the decision to decontrol diesel was taken in June 2010 but was not implemented. "We have now given the liberty to oil marketing companies to go for small increases.
We have taken the first and decisive step. When it is to be totally deregulated, has been left to the oil marketing companies," he said when asked whether today's decision would amount to complete deregulation or partial deregulation.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram refused to enter into a discussion on the issue.
However, LPG and kerosene rates will not be changed.
There are indications that price of non-subsidised LPG, which has been frozen in November, will be allowed to come up to market levels.
Diesel, which currently costs Rs 47.15 per litre in Delhi, is currently sold at a loss of Rs 9.60 a litre.
Moily said the CCPA decided to raised the cap on supply of subsidised LPG from 6 to 9 cylinders of 14.2-kg each for every household in a year.
Subsidised LPG costs Rs 410.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder and any household requirement beyond the new cap of 9 cylinders is to be