Govt hikes excise duty on petrol, diesel to mop up Rs 2.5K-cr

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New Delhi | Updated: December 16, 2015 2:43 PM

Basic excise duty on unbranded petrol has been increased from Rs 7.06 per litre to Rs 7.36 and the same on unbranded diesel from Rs 4.66 to Rs 5.83 per litre.

petrol prices, diesel prices, ioc, bpcl, hpclAfter including additional and special excise duty, the total levy on unbranded petrol will be Rs 19.36 per litre as against Rs 19.06 currently. (Reuters photo)

The government on Wednesday raised excise duty on petrol by Rs. 0.30 a litre and on diesel by a steep by Rs. 1.17 a litre taking advantage of the low global crude oil price in a move that would add an extra Rs. 2,500 crore to the exchequer for the rest of the fiscal.

Since November 2014, the government has raised excise duty on petrol by Rs 9.65 a litre and on diesel by Rs 7.97 a litre in six instalments, reducing the leeway oil marketing companies IOC, HPCL and BPCL have in passing on the fall in global prices to consumers.

Expecting the hike in duty, fuel retailers on Tuesday lowered petrol price by just 50 paise a litre and diesel price by 46 paise despite oil rates slumping to multi-year lows warranting a steeper price cut. Domestic price of petrol and diesel are governed by their prices in the global market as India follows trade parity pricing.

Basic excise duty on unbranded petrol has been increased on Wednesday from Rs. 7.06 to Rs. 7.36 a litre and the same on unbranded diesel from Rs. 4.66 to Rs. 5.83 a litre.

After including additional and special excise duty, the total levy on unbranded petrol will be Rs. 19.36 per litre as against the earlier Rs. 19.06.

On unbranded or normal diesel, total excise duty after including special excise duty will be Rs. 11.83 per litre compared to Rs. 10.66 earlier.

Basic excise duty on branded petrol has been raised from Rs. 8.24 per litre to Rs. 8.54 a litre and the same on branded diesel from Rs. 7.02 to Rs. 8.19 per litre.

The government’s receipts from excise duty collection during April-November period rose 67.1% to Rs 1.7 lakh crore partly on account of duty increase in fuels and withdrawal of duty benefits given to automobiles and consumer goods.

Total tax receipts from customs, excise and service tax during the period had increased 34.3% from the same period a year ago to Rs 4.38 lakh crore. Finance minister Arun Jaitley expects to mop up Rs 6.46 lakh crore from indirect taxes in FY16, a growth of around 19% over last year.  The two percentage point reduction in excise duty on consumer durables to 10% and the 4-6% cut in the duty on cars announced as a stimulus at the beginning of last fiscal was withdrawn in last December. This fiscal, the government raised the clean energy cess from Rs 100 to Rs 200 a tonne of coal to finance clean energy initiatives.

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