India considering partial rollback of price hike in bulk diesel: official

Jan 09 2014, 12:53 IST
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'We are circulating the Kirit Parikh report for inter-ministerial consultation.' (AP) 'We are circulating the Kirit Parikh report for inter-ministerial consultation.' (AP)
Summary'We are circulating the Kirit Parikh report for inter-ministerial consultation.'

India's oil ministry is considering a partial rollback of bulk diesel prices as sales have dropped significantly, oil secretary Vivek Rae said on Thursday.

India has asked bulk buyers to pay market rates for diesel since last January and has also been raising the price of subsidised diesel in small amounts every month in an effort to cut its ballooning fuel subsidies.

"We are circulating the Kirit Parikh report for inter-ministerial consultation," Rae told reporters on the sidelines of an industry event.

He also said there was a need to review the subsidy sharing mechanism to ensure that upstream companies get about $65 a barrel on sale of crude oil.

Indian explorer * Oil & Natural Gas Corpn has long complained that its realisations on oil sales are much lower than what it needs to maintain production.

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