The government has collected about Rs 40,000 crore from excise duty on petrol and diesel in the first two months of the fiscal, or about 16 percent of its full-year target.
The exchequer's collection rose three times in May, when the government mopped up Rs 29,396 crore (vs Rs 10,560 crore in April) following a steep excise duty hike and as demand rebounded with ease in lockdown restrictions. (On May 5, the government hiked excise duty by Rs 10 per litre on petrol and Rs 13 per litre on diesel.)
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The government expects to mop up Rs 2.48 lakh crore in excise duty on petroleum products.
|April consumption (‘000 MT)||Excise duty (Rs/ltr) April 2020||Central Govt Excise revenue (Rs/Cr)||May consumption (‘000 MT)||Excise Duty (Rs/ltr) May 5, 2020||Central govt excise revenue (Rs/Cr)|
|Total Central excise revenue from petrol/diesel||10,559.82||29,395.6|
With the government easing lockdown conditions in May, consumption of diesel shot up 169 percent to 54.95 lakh Metric Tonne (MT) as against 32.50 lakh MT in April.
Similarly, petrol consumption shot up 182 percent in May at 17.69 lakh MT compared to 9.7 lakh MT in April this year.
|Fuel Type||April (MT ‘000)||May (‘000 MT)|
|Diesel||3,250||5,495 ↑ 169.08%|
|Petrol||973||1769 ↑ 181.81%|
Fuel consumption levels have reached 90 percent level compared to pre-COVID levels as economic activity restarts.