The parties want votes. So they have to give so many free items and pension and so and so forth for getting votes. Even though they charge more on the petroleum products, the consumption may not come down. But if they lose votes they can't come to power again. I think this may be the reason many State Governments and Central government are not keen on decreasing taxes on petroleum products.
Sometimes they go for popular measures and reduce the taxes arbitrarily. It affects the Govt receipts and they have to go for deficit financing which is not a desirable thing.
People are very sensitive for some items in their daily lives. It includes cereals, vegetables, milk and petrol. Any increase in them creates a public outcry.
Govt can not arbitrary reduce the petrol or diesel prices. It has to consider many economic and financial aspects before doing that.
Knowledge is power.
Yesterday through news item I come to know India is exporting purified petrol for very few countries like USA, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE etc. for Rs.37 per litre. what is this double standard of Indian government to sell purified petrol for Rs.37 and selling with all time high price of Rs.86 per litre to its own country people. Government activities should not harm the interests of common people but have to support them. Is government making business with people?
India export petrol news:https://www-indiatoday-in.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.indiatoday.in/amp/india/story/why-indian-government-exports-petrol-at-half-the-price-we-pay-1321786-2018-08-23?
@ Our government should fix one standard all time price for petrol and diesel. This price should be increased only when pay commission is announced once in ten years.
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