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Fuel prices continue to burn hole in aam aadmi's pocket; petrol at Rs 81/litre in Delhi, diesel crosses Rs 73-mark

In Delhi, petrol was being sold at Rs 81.00 per litre and diesel at Rs 73.08 per litre. While petrol prices were hiked by 13 paise, diesel saw a change of 11 paise.

Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: September 13, 2018 8:54 IST
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In Delhi, petrol was being sold at Rs 81.00 per litre and diesel at Rs 73.08 per litre.  (File Photo/PTI))

The common man's pocket continues to bear the brunt of unending upward trend of fuel prices. After remaining stable for a day, petrol and diesel prices witnessed yet another hike on Thursday. In Delhi, petrol was being sold at Rs 81.00 per litre and diesel at Rs 73.08 per litre. While petrol prices were hiked by 13 paise, diesel saw a change of 11 paise.

In Mumbai, a litre of petrol was being retailed at Rs 88.39 per litre and diesel at Rs 77.58 per lire.

The skyrocketing fuel prices have severely affected the household budget of the common man and Opposition has also been targeting the government over the issue. However, the BJP-led NDA government remains non-committal over slashing the rates.  

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had recently said that international oil prices are volatile and have not shown any linear movement.

The Centre currently levies a total excise duty of Rs 19.48 per litre of petrol and Rs 15.33 per litre on diesel. On top of this, states levy Value Added Tax (VAT) -- the lowest being in Andaman and Nicobar Islands where 6 per cent sales tax is charged on both the fuels

Mumbai has the highest VAT of 39.12 per cent on petrol, while Telangana levies the highest VAT of 26 per cent on diesel. Delhi charges a VAT of 27 per cent on petrol and 17.24 per cent on diesel

The Central government had raised excise duty on petrol by Rs 11.77 a litre and that on diesel by 13.47 a litre in nine instalments between November 2014 and January 2016 to shore up finances as global oil prices fell, but then cut the tax just once in October last year by Rs 2 a litre.

(With PTI inputs)

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