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Steep Hike Of Rs 50 In LPG Price, Diesel By Rs 3, Kerosene By Rs 2

New Delhi, Jun 24: Biting the bullet, government today hiked the price of diesel by Rs 3 a litre, kerosene Rs 2 a litre and cooking gas by a steep Rs 50 a cylinder to

PTI [ Updated: June 24, 2011 22:05 IST ]
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New Delhi, Jun 24: Biting the bullet, government today hiked the price of diesel by Rs 3 a litre, kerosene Rs 2 a litre and cooking gas by a steep Rs 50 a cylinder to raise Rs 21,000 crores, and slashed customs and excise duties on petroleum products, sacrificing Rs 49,000 crore a year.


The hike in prices will be effective from midnight tonight.

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, met today and took the much-deferred politically sensitive decision, which  Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy said was done to cut down on burgeoning under-recovery of oil marketing companies.

The under-recoveries which stood at Rs 1,71,140 crores will now come down by Rs 21,000 crores after today's decision.

Today's decision comes more than a month after petrol price was hiked by Rs 5 a litre.

Reddy told a press conference that the price of diesel would be raised by Rs 3 a litre, kerosene supplied through PDS by Rs 2 per litre and domestic LPG by Rs 50 a cylinder.

He described the increase as “very modest and minimal”.

Giving details of the duty restructuring, Reddy said the meeting decided on elimination of 5 per cent customs duty on crude oil and all petroleum products , that will result in a revenue loss of Rs 26,000 crores for the government for the full fiscal year.

The excise duty on diesel has been reduced from Rs 4.60 a litre to Rs 2 a litre which will entail a revenue loss of Rs 23,000 crore during 2011-12.

He said it could not be cut any further as the special excise duty and the additional excise duty have been earmarked for the central road fund and the educational cess.  On both these accounts, the government will incur a loss of Rs 49,000 crore.

The price hike would lead to an increase in inflation by around 50 basis points, said Crisil Chief Economist D K Joshi. Inflation now is hovering around 9 per cent.

Reddy said the meeting considered the alarming situation arising out of the projected massive under-recoveries of the oil marketing companies which stood at Rs 1,71,140 crores in 2011-12 in the wake of high global crude prices.

After the price hike and duty cuts, the oil marketing companies would still be losing Rs 1,01,140 crores for the current fiscal.

The decision on kerosene price hike comes exactly a year after when the government had raised its rates by Rs 3 a litre.

   OLD RATE                                                             NEW RATE

 Delhi

Diesel: 37.75 Rs                                       Diesel: Rs  40.75 Rs
LPG:   345.35 Rs                                       LPG: Rs 395.35 Rs

 

Ahmedabad

Diesel: 42.25 Rs                                        Diesel: Rs 45.25
LPG: 360 Rs                                             LPG: Rs  410

 

 

Bhopal

Diesel: 42 Rs                                         Diesel: Rs 45
LPG: 392 Rs                                          LPG: Rs 442

    

Kolkata

Diesel: 40.60 Rs                                     Diesel: Rs 43.60
LPG: 365 Rs                                          LPG: Rs 415

 

Mumbai

Diesel: 42.60 Rs                                      Diesel: Rs  45.60
LPG: 348.44 Rs                                       LPG: Rs  398.44

 

Jaipur

Diesel: 39.90 Rs                                      Diesel: Rs 42
LPG: 348 Rs                                           LPG: Rs 398

 

Lucknow

Diesel: 39.57 Rs                                       Diesel: Rs 42.57
LPG: 347 Rs                                            LPG: Rs 397

 

Chandigarh

Diesel: 38.25 Rs                                        Diesel: Rs 41.25
LPG: 355 Rs                                             LPG: Rs 405

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