The Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) on Thursday asked the government to bring petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST to bring down the fuel rates, a day after prices of petrol in Delhi crossed the Rs100 a litre-mark. It also urged the central government to withdraw the increased excise duty that was introduced last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Crude oil was the cheapest in the last 16 years in 2020-21. During corona, between March and May, 2020, when crude oil became cheaper, the central government increased the excise duty on petrol by Rs13/litre and diesel by Rs16/litre,” a statement from the CTI said.
It noted that the dealer price of petrol in Delhi is Rs40.62/litre, central excise duty on it is Rs32.90/litre, VAT is Rs23.13/litre, while dealer commission is Rs3.60/litre, that is, the tax being levied on per litre of petrol is Rs56.03.
Similarly, the dealer price of diesel is Rs42.39/litre, excise duty is Rs31.80/litre, VAT is Rs12.85/litre while dealer commission is Rs2.53/litre, making the tax levied on diesel Rs44.65/litre.
CTI chairman Brijesh Goyal said the trader's body had recommended bringing petrol and diesel in the “maximum luxury slab of 28 per cent of GST”, and levy Central GST (CGST) and State (GST) of Rs18 per litre each on petrol.
“Due to this, the price of petrol including dealer commission is 80.22, and petrol will be cheaper by about Rs 20/litre.
“Similarly, if Rs 15 worth of CGST and SGST each is levied on diesel, the price of diesel including dealer commission will be Rs 74.92 and diesel will become cheaper by about Rs 15/litre,” Goyal said.