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Petrol, diesel prices hiked for 16th consecutive day

The price of petrol has been hiked by 33 paise per litre in Delhi, while the diesel price has been raised by 58 paise per litre.

June 22, 2020 / 02:12 PM IST
5. If you doubt the quantity, ask for a measuring test. Petrol Pumps usually have a 5-litre jar supplied by the Weights and Measures Department. Use this to fill up the can yourself and if anything less than the amount fills up, you can report the pump to the police. (Representative image)

5. If you doubt the quantity, ask for a measuring test. Petrol Pumps usually have a 5-litre jar supplied by the Weights and Measures Department. Use this to fill up the can yourself and if anything less than the amount fills up, you can report the pump to the police. (Representative image)


Fuel prices have increased for the 16th consecutive day, taking the total hike to Rs 8.30 per litre for petrol and Rs 9.22 per litre for diesel.


The price of petrol has been hiked by 33 paise per litre in Delhi while the diesel price has been raised by 58 paise per litre.


In the national capital, the cost of petrol is now Rs 79.56 per litre and diesel costs Rs 78.85 per litre.


Across Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the petrol price has been raised by 29-33 paise and diesel price by 50-58 paise.


In Mumbai, petrol price has gone up from Rs 86.04 per litre to Rs 86.36 on June 22. Diesel rates have increased to Rs 77.24 a litre from Rs 76.69 a litre, according to the price notification.

 Rates have been increased across the country and vary from state to state depending on the incidence of local sales tax or value added tax (VAT).


The increase in rates since June 7 is the highest in any fortnight. When petrol and diesel pricing was deregulated in April 2002, oil companies revised rates every fortnight in line with the cost. They switched to daily price revision in May 2017 to allow cost to reflect instantaneously in retail rates.


According to pricing data, the maximum rates have increased in any fortnight was Rs 4-5 per litre.


The 16th daily increase in rates, since oil companies on June 7 restarted revising prices in line with costs after ending an 82-day hiatus in rate revision, has taken diesel prices to fresh highs. Petrol price too is at a two-year high.


Prior to the current rally, the peak diesel rates had touched was on October 16, 2018, when prices had climbed to Rs 75.69 per litre in Delhi. The highest-ever petrol price was on October 4, 2018, when rates soared to Rs 84 a litre in Delhi.


When rates had peaked in October 2018, the government had cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 1.50 per litre each. State-owned oil companies were asked to absorb another Rs 1 a litre to help cut retail rates by Rs 2.50 a litre.


Oil companies had quickly recouped the Re 1 and the government in July 2019 raised excise duty by Rs 2 a litre.


Taxes make up for nearly two-third of the retail selling price. As much as Rs 50.69 per litre, or 64 percent, in petrol price is due to taxes - Rs 32.98 is the central excise duty and Rs 17.71 is local sales tax or VAT.


Over 63 percent of the retail selling price of diesel is taxes. Out of the total tax incidence of Rs 49.43 per litre, Rs 31.83 is by way of central excise and Rs 17.60 is VAT.


The 82-day freeze in rates this year was imposed in mid-March soon after the government hiked excise duty on petrol and diesel to shore up additional finances.


The government on March 14 hiked excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 3 per litre each and then again on May 5 by a record Rs 10 per litre in case of petrol and Rs 13 on diesel. The two hikes gave the government Rs 2 lakh crore in additional tax revenues.


State-run oil marketing companies Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL), instead of passing on the excise duty hikes to customers, adjusted them against the fall in the retail rates that was warranted because of fall in international oil prices to two decade low.


International oil prices have since rebounded and oil firms are now adjusting retail rates in line with them.

(With inputs from PTI)

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first published: Jun 22, 2020 08:19 am

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