Govt to give Rs 25,000 cr additional fuel subsidy
The Finance Ministry on February 7 issued a "comfort letter" to Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) sanctioning Rs 25,000 crore for part of the revenue they lost on selling diesel,
domestic LPG and kerosene below cost, official sources said.
Previously, the government had released Rs 30,000 crore subsidy. With the latest sanction it has met about 44 per cent of the Rs 124,854 crore revenue the three firms together lost on selling auto and cooking fuel below cost during the April-December period this fiscal.
Of the latest sanction, IOC would get Rs 13,474.56 crore, BPCL Rs 5,987.25 crore and HPCL Rs 5,538.19 crore.
Sources said the Finance Ministry has only issued a comfort letter which the oil companies will account as receivables to post decent third quarter earnings. Actual cash will flow only after Parliament approves supplementary demands for grants or additional spending.
IOC, BPCL and HPCL lost Rs 39,268 crore in revenue on selling diesel, LPG and kerosene at government controlled rate in October-December quarter. Of this, about Rs 15,000 crore will be made good up upstream firms like Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd.
Fuel retailers currently lose Rs 9.22 a litre on diesel, Rs 31.60 per litre on kerosene and Rs 481 on every
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