Punjab CM Announces Slash In Petrol And Diesel Prices

In a major reprieve to the people across the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi announced to slash the prices of Petrol and Diesel by Rs 10 and Rs 5 per litre, respectively. The new rates will be effective from midnight.

While talking to the media, CM Channi said that with this decision, now Punjab has the lowest petrol rates in the region (except UT Chandigarh) and the rates of Diesel in Punjab are also much lower than Haryana and Rajasthan. With this decision, the rate of VAT on Diesel has been reduced from 17.57 % to 10.91% and from 27.27% to 15.15% on petrol.

Taking a dig at the BJP led government at Centre, CM Channi said that it is really unfortunate on the part of its leadership to slash the prices of petrol and Diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 per litre respectively, w.e.f November 4, 2021, thereby cutting down the excise duty, which adversely impacts the income of all states including Punjab having 42% share in the excise duty collected by Centre.

The Chief Minister said after slashing the VAT on petrol and Diesel, the new petrol rate in Punjab from tonight would be Rs.95/litre instead of earlier Rs.105/litre. Likewise, the new diesel rate would be Rs.83.75/litre from tonight instead of Rs.88.75/litre as compared to Delhi, where the prevailing rate of petrol is Rs.104.01/litre and Diesel Rs.86.71/litre, respectively. In order to bring parity in the rates of VAT on petrol and Diesel with neighbouring states/UTs and to give a boost to the farmers of Punjab during the upcoming Rabi season and relief to consumers in general, CM Channi said that his government had taken a significant decision of reducing VAT on Petrol and Diesel by Rs. 10 and Rs. 5 respectively from midnight of November 7 and November 8. Prices of petrol and Diesel will thus come down accordingly.

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