Petrol pumps to remain shut tomorrow over VAT reduction issue in Jharkhand
Petrol pumps to remain shut tomorrow over VAT reduction issue in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Petrol and diesel will not be sold at 1488 petrol pumps in Jharkhand on December 21. This was announced by the Jharkhand Petroleum Dealers Association on Sunday. Association chief Ashok Singh said the government was given time but our demands were not considered. We had also demanded payment of government dues, which the Finance Minister assured us. But no steps have been taken by the Government so far. Therefore, the Government will be responsible for the problem faced by the people due to the December 21 bandh.

It may be recalled that on December 3, the association had demanded a reduction in diesel VAT from 22 percent to 17 percent. The Association had given an ultimatum to the Government saying that if our demands are not considered within 10 days, we will go on strike from 21. According to the association, due to the cost of diesel in Jharkhand, many customers in the state are taking diesel from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. This is causing revenue loss to the dealers as well as the Government.

The association had also said that even if the government reduces the VAT on diesel, it will increase revenue. If the revenue is low, the association will compensate for it. The association said that the one-day ban will cost the government Rs 10.28 crore revenue. On the other hand, the sale of 21 lakh 42 thousand 800 litres of petrol and 37 lakh 40 thousand litres of diesel will be affected.

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