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Sukhbir Badal urges PM to reduce central excise on petrol, diesel to bring down fuel prices

Sukhbir Badal urges PM to reduce central excise on petrol, diesel to bring down fuel prices

Chandigarh, Jun 30 (UNI)Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reduce central excise on petrol and diesel to bring down fuel prices to provide much needed relief to farmers, transport sector and the common man.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the SAD president urged him to direct the Petroleum ministry to reduce central excise so that fuel prices could be reduced substantially.



Mr Badal informed the Prime Minister that the steep hike in petrol and diesel prices was resulting in a lot of hardship to farmers who were sowing their ‘kharif’ crop and had increased prices of essential commodities due to the increased cost of transport of goods across the country. He said the common man had also been adversely affected by the unprecedented hike.



He told the Prime Minister that in the given circumstances it would be in the best interests of society to reverse the trend of increasing fuel prices. He said the SAD had also received representatives in this regard and there was a feeling that fuel prices should be brought down to save the common man from the cascading inflationary effect they were causing. He said a reduction in fuel prices would also help the industry to get up on its feet by reducing input costs.



Meanwhile, in a separate letter to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the SAD president requested him to reduce the state taxes on petrol and diesel to provide substantial relief to farmers, transport sector and the common man. Mr Badal said the situation was such in Punjab that the State tax on petrol has gone up to as much as 27.27 per cent even as the total state taxes on diesel constitutes 17.53 per cent of its price, he added.

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