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    It is extremely unfair to ask State Governments to reduce petrol prices

    The Modi administration has always sought to put the State Governments in the dock. The cess on petrol and diesel was raised to absurd levels and the net price in the hands of the customer exceeded Rs,.100, hitting the middle class and the poor very badly.

    The present Chief of the Tamil Nadu BJP acts like a hero of sorts and is up to a terrific deal of drama in politics., His call for agitation against reduction in petrol prices by the Tamil Nadu State Government, not only lacks logic, but is irrational, to say the least. The Central Government eats away a lion's share of the taxes and the taxes of the State Governments actually sustains their economies.

    The State Governments have also not been given their due share of the GST by the Modi Government. It is an impossible task to do anything now. State Governments can possibly reduce prices over a period of time. Tamil Nadu has seen record rains this year and is hard pressed for cash. A fabulous CM is doing his best and everyone needs to appreciate that.
  • #746673
    State Government raises tax for their own expenditures which includes host of items such as Public Health, Education for the children, Repairing of roads, Payments of the staffs working in the different sectors and any concession offered to them by slashing tax would impact their budgets and this does not seem to be justifiable. Moreover the state governments are hard pressed in the current situation due to over flooding or otherwise.
    If they are voluntarily reducing the tax in respect of petrol prices, they must be appreciated for such purposes but they should not be pressurised unnecessarily to take the steps of immediate reduction of petrol prices.

  • #746690
    Nobody is really interested in public. Everybody wants to make a drama for getting the attention of the people.
    In Telangana, in one by-election the ruling party candidate got defeated. The ruling party tried to defeat the candidate by spending huge money. But the candidate who won is having a very good reputation among the voters and won. So the ruling party is upset and trying to catch the attention of the people by doing some agitation against the central government. This is how all political parties are playing with people.
    In my opinion, petroleum products should also be brought under GST and can be included in the goods which are having a maximum slab of tax. That will solve all the problems. The question of reducing by state governments or central government will not be there. But I understand many state governments are not in favour of this. I don't know how far it is true and why the state governments should object to this?

    always confident

  • #746707
    Though this topic was discussed earlier when the author was not active, again the same issue has been raised giving scope for discussion again. When the increased petrol price was always aimed at the center, the states have been silently benefiting huge and that is not at all coming to the limelight. When the petrol prices are increase, it becomes the national headlines and when that is reduced not even reported. Every state is making more than 20 rupees on every liter as profit and they can easily reduce five to seven rupees for sure and get the good name among the people. But states does not want to loose the profit as petrol consumption are more and increasing daily which they do not want to miss.The state governments which are ruled by opposition parties are not reducing their VAT and thus exposed.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #746710
    All governments are run on public money, so whether it is central or state, everyone needs to see the public interest if need. G.S.T. shares may now be due but have to pay by the Central govt. as per Rules. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every government to reduce the price of diesel and petrol in this expensive market. Because it is such a sensitive product that it is responsible for today's upward market. While Central has reduced prices a bit, it is important for states to reduce some VAT on that call. It is better not to do politics at this stage, otherwise, I think people will take it in another way. Hence the content of the author is not acceptable at all.
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  • #746734
    All the states are getting a good part of the taxes which are centrally collected by the central government. In addition to that time to time Central Government releases special funds to State Government for their running and meeting the problems created by occasional disasters.
    The basic thing in the matter of reducing prices of any commodity is that whenever it increases beyond a warning level, state and central should work together for reducing it through various measures like reducing taxes. At that time it is a matter of national interest and not the state level matter.
    The increase in the prices of petrol and diesel has started chain reaction in increasing the prices of so many items. So state and Central both should understand this fact that reduction in prices at this stage is a mandatory thing and it has to be done by both the agencies without any fail. If we do not have that type of coordination then nation will suffer.

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