After the relief of the Center on the prices of petrol and diesel, all the states have also cut the state tax. Meanwhile, the Kerala government has categorically refused to cut the tax on fuel prices. However, despite criticism from BJP and Congress, the government is firm on its decision. State Finance Minister Bal Gopal explained why the state government need not cut taxes.
Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal told reporters that during Kovid-19, many states did not allow their coffers to decrease by increasing fuel tax. But at that time people in Kerala did not face any such problem. He accused the central government that the decision to cut fuel tax suddenly was not taken for the good of the public, but the BJP government was forced to take this decision after the results in the by-elections.
Finance Minister KN Balagopal further said that the state government has not made any increase in fuel tax in the last 6 years. Therefore, the government does not need to cut like the Center or other states. He said that it is the result of increase in fuel tax that there has been a huge increase in inflation. On the contrary, the state government took many effective steps and started new projects to provide relief and help to the people of the state.
Explaining the central and state government’s fuel tax on petrol and diesel, Balagopal said that when the central government cuts its tax on fuel prices, naturally the state government’s tax is also cut, as it is a proportionate issue. Is.
He said, “When the Center lowers its tax for diesel and petrol by Rs 10 and Rs 5 respectively, it has actually come down to Rs 12.30 and Rs 6.56 in Kerala or even any state. There is no need to reduce the tax.”
Let us inform that on the occasion of Diwali, the Central Government has given good news to the general public by reducing the excise duty on petrol by Rs 5 and on diesel by Rs 10 per liter. This decision has come into effect from Thursday. Several state governments including Karnataka, Goa, Assam, Manipur and Tripura have announced reduction in VAT on petrol and diesel. On the other hand, the Kerala government has refused to reduce the tax on petroleum products. The BJP and Congress have strongly criticized this attitude of the Kerala government. Both the parties have warned to protest.