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Fuel Prices In India Witness Downward Graph As Centre Reduces VAT On Petrol And Diesel

As per the Centre's announcement, excise duty on petrol and diesel prices were reduced by Rs. 5 and Rs. 10 respectively. Check today's prices here:

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Significant reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel by the Centre has brought a big relief for fuel consumers in India. As per the announcement on Wednesday, prices of petrol and diesel were reduced by Rs. 5 and Rs. 10 respectively from Thursday. Following this, 22 states and two union territories (UT) have also reduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel prices to add to the celebration. However, another 14 states and 6 UTs have not yet made announcements regarding any reduction of VAT on fuel prices.

After a straight increase for over a week, fuel prices remained constant on Wednesday. While the most recent hike was on November 2, with petrol prices reaching Rs. 110.04 per litre in Delhi, November 3 saw a slight dip with prices remaining at Rs. 98.42 per litre. However, on November 5, the prices shot up to Rs.103.97 standing at the same today. Check out today's (November 6) petrol and diesel prices in states and UTs here:

States and Union Territories Petrol Price (in Rs.) Diesel Price (in Rs.)
Assam  82.4 per litre 80.21 per litre
Andhra Pradesh 94.58 per litre 81.29 per litre
Bihar 105.90 per litre 91.09 per litre
Chhattisgarh 101.88 per litre 93.78 per litre
Gujarat 95.01 per litre 89.00 per litre
Haryana 96.06 per litre 87.27 per litre
Himachal Pradesh 99.28 per litre 88.42 per litre
Jammu and Kashmir 98.25 per litre 82.11 per litre
Jharkhand 98.48 per litre 91.52 per litre
Karnataka 100.14 per litre 84.60 per litre
Kerala 104.46 per litre 91.72 per litre 
Madhya Pradesh 107.25 per litre 90.90 per litre
Maharastra 110.22 per litre 93.47 per litre
Odisha 101.81 per litre 91.62 per litre
Punjab 99.99 per litre 85.16 per litre
Rajasthan 111.10 per litre 95.71 per litre
Tamil Nadu 101.87 per litre 91.91 per litre
Uttar Pradesh 95.24 per litre 86.76 per litre
West Bengal 104.67 per litre 89.79 per litre
Delhi 103.97 per litre 86.67 per litre

BJP questions opposition states for avoiding excise cuts on fuel prices

Two days after the Centre reduced prices of the skyrocketing fuel prices, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia lashed out at Opposition states for not announcing tax cuts on petrol on diesel prices in their states. Taking a jibe at Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress, Bhatia questioned their lag in following up on the Centre's step. Meanwhile, all the BJP states have emulated the Centre's decision and announced a substantial reduction in fuel prices.

"In Uttar Pradesh, CM Yogi Adityanath has lowered the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs. 12, similarly in Gujarat and Assam prices have been reduced by Rs. 7. This is in addition to the cuts that were announced by the Union Government," Bhatia said at a media briefing on Friday.

Factors affecting petrol and diesel prices on Nov 6

1. Cost of crude oil in the international market heavily affects the cost of petrol and diesel in the domestic setting. Increase in demand in the international market followed by shortage of supply and political discourse of the crude oil-producing countries also directly impact the overall value.

2. Inequality in demand and supply results in pushing the prices of petrol and diesel. Especially in India, oil refineries face problems in meeting market demands due to high crude oil prices in the international market, thus, resulting in lower domestic supply and more demand.

3. Tax rates and rupee to dollar exchange rate also levy a direct impact on prices of petrol and diesel. When the government of India increases tax rates on oil companies, automatically the retail cost increases to recover the losses or at least maintain the marginal profits. On the other hand, if the value of a rupee drops against a dollar, the purchase value increases, in turn increasing the domestic cost.

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