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FM Nirmala Sitharaman Announces Plan to Bring Petrol and Diesel Under GST

Rachna Kumari
FM Nirmala Sitharaman Announces Plan to Bring Petrol and Diesel Under GST
FM Nirmala Sitharaman Announces Plan to Bring Petrol and Diesel Under GST

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces Central Government’s readiness to bring petrol and diesel under GST, awaiting state governments’ consensus on taxation rates.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced that the Central Government is ready to include petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This significant step towards streamlining fuel taxation in India depends on the consensus among state governments.

States’ Decision Crucial

During her statement, FM Sitharaman emphasized that the decision to bring petrol and diesel under GST lies with the states. “It is up to the states to decide, come together and get petrol and diesel into GST,” she said. The minister highlighted the importance of collective agreement among state governments to make this transition possible.

Procedure and Implementation

Sitharaman outlined the procedural steps required for this change. “Once the states agree, they have to decide on the rate of taxation in the council. Once that decision is taken, it will be put into act,” she explained. This indicates that the GST Council will play a crucial role in determining the taxation rates and formalizing the inclusion of fuel under GST.

Impact on Fuel Prices

The inclusion of petrol and diesel under GST could lead to more standardized fuel prices across the country, potentially reducing the discrepancies caused by different state taxes. It could also bring greater transparency in fuel pricing and possibly lower the overall tax burden on consumers.

Reactions and Implications

The announcement has generated considerable discussion among industry experts and the general public. Some view this as a positive move towards uniformity in fuel pricing, while others are concerned about the impact on state revenues and the practical aspects of implementation. The petroleum sector and consumer advocacy groups are closely monitoring these developments.

Next Steps

As the Central Government expresses its readiness, the focus now shifts to the GST Council and state governments. Intensive discussions and agreements will be required to finalize the inclusion of petrol and diesel under GST. The outcome of these deliberations will shape the future of fuel pricing in India.

Stay tuned for more updates on this significant policy change.